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A Quick Technical Analysis of the Hwasong-12

A Quick Technical Analysis of the Hwasong-12

Summary On May 14, North Korea flight-tested a new ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12. This missile was first revealed during the April 15 military parade commemorating Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday, and has since been the subject of much scrutiny as North Korea watchers try to assess its dimensions and capabilities, as well as what it [...]

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, [...]

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

Finding the Real Site for the Pukguksong-2 Launch

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, North Korea conducted the first test launch of its “Pukguksong-2, solid-fuel missile,” a land-based version of the KN-11 Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), but not from the facility that almost all media sources have reported. The development of the Pukguksong-2 was not unexpected and the [...]

The Pukguksong-2: A Higher Degree of Mobility, Survivability and Responsiveness

The Pukguksong-2: A Higher Degree of Mobility, Survivability and Responsiveness

Sources in the United States, South Korea and Japan reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the weekend. North Korea has been hinting at an intercontinental ballistic missile test since the beginning of the year, but this was no ICBM. Reports indicate that this missile reached a height of 550 kilometers before impacting in the [...]

North Korea’s Musudan Missile: A Performance Assessment

North Korea’s Musudan Missile: A Performance Assessment

Introduction During a military parade in 2010, a mockup of a new North Korean ballistic missile was driven through Pyongyang on a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL). This missile has since been called by many names depending on the public source: North Korean labels correspond to “Hwasong-10,” stories speculating about sales refer to the [...]

Three (or Four) Strikes for the Musudan?

Three (or Four) Strikes for the Musudan?

North Korea has reportedly tried and failed to launch a Musudan missile for a third time in two months. It is not surprising that a new missile would fail on its first test, but previous North Korean practice has been to stand down for several months to a year before another attempt. Repeating a failed test again and again with no more than a [...]

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