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News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). A new eleventh level has been added—one more than previously estimated—allowing the facility to handle [...]

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

Real Fake Missiles: North Korea’s ICBM Mockups Are Getting Scary Good

This is 1977 photograph of a mockup of an MX missile, later named the Peacekeeper. We begin our discussion of North Korea’s Hwaseong-13 road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile with this image to make a point that should be obvious: It is not unusual for countries to build mockups or simulators of missiles as an early step in the process [...]

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 Pyongyang’s Missile Launch: Unha Rocket Stages at Assembly Building

Countdown to Pyongyang’s Missile Launch: Unha Rocket Stages at Assembly Building

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Preparations for a new North Korean rocket launch appear to be underway at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (commonly referred to as Tongchang-ri) located on its west coast. Based on DigitalGlobe satellite imagery released on November 23 and 26, trailers carrying the first two [...]

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, [...]

Satellites and Missiles: The US-DPRK “Choose Your Own Adventure” Experience

Satellites and Missiles: The US-DPRK “Choose Your Own Adventure” Experience

The US-DPRK deal signed last month is a softline message; the Satellite Launch is a hardline one. Washington would do well to ignore the hardline one. In 1962, with the United States and the USSR seemingly spiraling towards nuclear war, Khrushchev and Kennedy engineered history’s most important diplomatic breakthrough. At the height of the [...]

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