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Chickens Defiantly Coming Home to Roost

Chickens Defiantly Coming Home to Roost

So far this week, the very, absolutely, most favorite word of headline writers and reporters is “defiance,” as in “North Korean Missile Launch Act of Defiance.” Yes, that’s one way to look at what happened a few hours past dawn on December 12, when the North made up for its “botched” (another favorite word recently) launch attempt [...]

Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Postscript: Press reports that North Korea launched the Unha rocket this evening were confirmed by US, Japanese and South Korean government sources. At this writing, it is unclear whether the launch was successful although unconfirmed reports have indicated that the rocket flew over Okinawa on its way south. Our analysis stated that the full [...]

Countdown to the Rocket Launch: Staging of Rocket Proceeding More Slowly than Reported; Winter Weather a New Factor?

Countdown to the Rocket Launch: Staging of Rocket Proceeding More Slowly than Reported; Winter Weather a New Factor?

A joint NorthKoreaTech/38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary North Korean preparations for a new rocket launch later this month appear to be proceeding more slowly than previously reported in the press according to analysis of commercial satellite imagery from December 4 and past DPRK test practices. Moreover, since this [...]

North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Despite its failed rocket test last spring, commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea continues to develop long-range missiles, possibly with intercontinental ranges. Since the failed launch, the North has conducted at least two, and possibly more, tests of large rocket [...]

Construction Halted at New North Korean Missile Launch Pad; Old Site Refurbished in Preparation for Future Launches

Construction Halted at New North Korean Missile Launch Pad; Old Site Refurbished in Preparation for Future Launches

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary North Korea has halted work at a new launch pad intended to conduct future tests of larger, liquid-fueled rockets, possibly with intercontinental ranges. Commercial satellite imagery of the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground—commonly referred to as Musudan-ri—taken on August 29, [...]

The DPRK Rocket and Korean Peace

The DPRK Rocket and Korean Peace

Why would North Korea sacrifice its long-cherished dream of improving relations with the United States for such a trivial thing as “fireworks” for a national holiday? Around the world, people are wracking their brains trying to explain this seemingly sudden “satellite launch” decision, and the theories that have emerged so far can be [...]

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