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North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Facility Upgrades Continue

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Facility Upgrades Continue

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station indicate upgrades are in progress at North Korea’s main space launch facility, including new road construction throughout the site, new guard or observation positions and excavation near the [...]

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

A 38 North exclusive by Frank Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 2 and 3 indicates a low level of activity continues around the North Portal, the tunnel where test preparations have been observed over the past few weeks. Additionally, what appears to be [...]

Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

On May 1, 2017, The Diplomat published an article by Damen Cook based on a report by Strategic Sentinel, which purported to show that the North Koreans had “constructed several military facilities on small islands surrounding the city of Sohae.” The methodology and conclusions in this report, however, demonstrate a lack of understanding of [...]

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Activity at the Test Stand

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from April 29 indicates new activity at the facility’s missile test stand. This test stand was used during 2014-2016 for launch systems verification, and pop-up and prototype testing of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) [...]

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Activity Continues Throughout the Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility from April 25 indicates an apparent resumption of activity (e.g., the pumping out of water) at the North Portal—the tunnel that North Korea seems to have been preparing for a nuclear test over the [...]

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

New Developments in North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Infrastructure—What Does it Mean for the Future?

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. The massive military parades in Pyongyang provide great opportunities to gain insight into North Korea’s ballistic missile aspirations, but they are often used to disseminate propaganda and dissemble about its real aspirations and program direction. Rather than parades, [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.