English

38north.org

Monday, Dec 11

21

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Tunneling at the West Portal

38north.org

Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that despite the continuation of small tremors near Mt. Mantap since North Korea’s last nuclear…

Friday, Dec 8

02

Japan 1941, North Korea 2017?

38north.org

In Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy, Eri Hotta tells the story of how Japan’s leaders led their country into war…

Thursday, Dec 7

19

A New UN Approach to Human Rights in North Korea: The 2017 Special Rapporteur’s Report

38north.org

As the UN Security Council prepares to meet next week to draw the connection between North Korea’s human rights practices…

Tuesday, Dec 5

23

Conversion of North Korea’s Sonbong Thermal Electric Power Plant to Burn Coal Nears Completion

38north.org

In 2015, North Korea began converting the old Sonbong Thermal Electric Power Plant to burn coal, reflecting Pyongyang’s continuing efforts…

Saturday, Dec 2

02

The Folly of Deploying US Tactical Nuclear Weapons to South Korea

38north.org

The mudslinging between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the near-daily handicapping of whether the…

Friday, Dec 1

20

North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Program Advances: Second Missile Test Stand Barge Almost Operational

38north.org

Commercial satellite imagery from November 11, 16 and 24 show that North Korea’s second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge—a…

Thursday, Nov 30

00

The New Hwasong-15 ICBM: A Significant Improvement That May be Ready as Early as 2018

38north.org

Photographs and video released by North Korea reveal that the Hwasong-15 test fired on November 29 is not a modified…

Wednesday, Nov 29

21

North Korea’s Third ICBM Launch

38north.org

At roughly 2:47 AM Pyongyang Time (6:17 PM GMT) on November 29, North Korea test fired a ballistic missile from…

Friday, Nov 17

01

North Korea’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program Moves Ahead: Indications of Shipbuilding and Missile Ejection Testing

38north.org

Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicates that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule…

Tuesday, Nov 14

22

Between Sanctions, Drought and Tensions: How Bad is North Korea’s Food Situation?

38north.org

International sanctions on North Korea appear to be biting North Korea’s civilian economy more than in the past, arousing concerns…

Monday, Nov 13

00

Did North Korea Conduct A Solid-Fuel Rocket Engine Test at Magunpo?

38north.org

An article last month by Ankit Panda in the Diplomat, citing US government sources, reported that North Korea had conducted…

21

North Korean Cyber Operations: Weapons of Mass Disruption

38north.org

Over the past 10 years, the escapades of various nation-state actors in the cyber realm have exploded onto the pages…

Thursday, Nov 9

18

Moving On: China Resolves THAAD Dispute with South Korea

38north.org

South Korea’s decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system has been a thorn in Beijing’s side…

Tuesday, Nov 7

16

Death’s Dusty Measure

38north.org

Last March, I worried aloud that the gods of war were pleased by the arc of the North Korean issue,…

Monday, Nov 6

23

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Focus Shifts to the West Portal

38north.org

Overview Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site subsequent to North Korea’s sixth underground nuclear test shows significant…

Thursday, Nov 2

16

What North Korea’s IC May be Whispering to Kim Jong Un About US Intentions

38north.org

As the Trump administration navigates through a series of historically unprecedented North Korean crises, questions abound regarding the specifics of…

Thursday, Oct 26

01

UDMH Production in North Korea: Additional Facilities Likely

38north.org

A recent article discussed the potential production of unsymmetrical di-methyl-hydrazine (UDMH) in North Korea. UDMH is an important liquid rocket…

Friday, Oct 20

18

Is North Korea Going Green? The Strategic Potential of Algae Production

38north.org

It does not usually raise eyebrows when, in less than two years, more than 25 acres of open ponds are…

Wednesday, Oct 18

The Party Roundup: Preliminary Look at North Korea’s October 7 Central Committee Plenum

38north.org

The 7th Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee held its second plenary meeting on October 7, 2017. Although the…

02

Is Mt. Mantap Suffering from “Tired Mountain Syndrome?”

38north.org

There have now been three detected and reported earthquake-like events subsequent to the most recent, very large (~6.1 magnitude) underground…

Monday, Oct 16

22

Significant Food Shortages Likely in North Korea

38north.org

North Korea has experienced a very severe drought in 2017 that has undoubtedly had a major impact on food crops…

Friday, Oct 13

21

Engagement, Not Sanctions, Deserves a Second Chance

38north.org

I am grateful for the opportunity to respond to Bill Brown’s comments in “Can Sanctions Get a Mulligan” on my…

Wednesday, Oct 11

23

Sinpo South Shipyard: SLBM Test Not Imminent; Unknown Shipbuilding Program Underway

38north.org

Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard from September 21 shows ongoing activity at the facility that indicates:…

Friday, Oct 6

17

Can Sanctions Get a Mulligan?

38north.org

In his recent article, Ruediger Frank concluded that sanctions will not materially influence North Korea’s nuclear weapons behavior, and by…

Wednesday, Oct 4

19

A Hypothetical Nuclear Attack on Seoul and Tokyo: The Human Cost of War on the Korean Peninsula

38north.org

At various times over the past few weeks, US President Donald Trump and other members of his administration have threatened…

17

Interdicting North Korean Vessels: Another False Hope

38north.org

Keeping maritime pressure on North Korea to prevent illicit trade will continue to be one tool the international community can…

Tuesday, Oct 3

00

The Gwangju Uprising and North Korea: What We Can Learn From Declassified Documents

38north.org

Recently declassified information on the responses of the South Korean and US governments to the uprising in the southwestern city…

Monday, Oct 2

23

Kim Jong Un and the Place of Pride

38north.org

By making it personal, both Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are boxing themselves in. At the UN General Assembly…

03

Russia Provides New Internet Connection to North Korea

38north.org

A major Russian telecommunications company appears to have begun providing an Internet connection to North Korea. The new link supplements…

Thursday, Sep 28

00

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights

38north.org

North Korea has the worst human rights record of any country in the world except perhaps Eritrea and Syria. There…