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Friday, Feb 16

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The Myth of North Korea, the USS Pueblo, and Nuclear War

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When the 50th anniversary of the capture of the USS Pueblo hit a few weeks ago, the nation’s eyes briefly…

Friday, Feb 9

“Key Vulnerability” in North Korea’s ICBM Force? What We Can and Can’t Learn from a North Korean Military Parade

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A recent article on CNBC concerning the February 8 military parade in Pyongyang describes what appears to be a “key…

Thursday, Feb 8

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North Korea’s Army Day Military Parade: One New Missile System Unveiled

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North Korea’s much anticipated military parade on February 8, the 70th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army, was smaller in…

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The 1988 Olympics in Seoul: A Triumph of Sport and Diplomacy

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For the Republic of Korea, the 1980s were a time of domestic political tumult coupled with rapidly improving international attitudes…

Wednesday, Feb 7

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Parade Drills Continue, No Signs of Missile Launchers Yet

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A Deimos-2 image of North Korea’s Mirim Parade Training Facility from February 6 indicates continued practice drills for an upcoming…

Monday, Feb 5

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More Troops Practice for Upcoming Military Parade

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A new Planet image of North Korea’s Mirim Parade Training Facility shows expanded preparations for the military parade expected to…

Friday, Feb 2

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Timeline of North Korean Military Parade Preparations

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North Korea’s recent announcement that various events will be held on February 8 to celebrate the foundation of the Korean People’s…

Remembering the Pueblo: How Internal Imperatives Shape North Korean Decisions

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38 North is pleased to launch a new collection of short essays that will examine the historical context of key episodes, forces and choices…

Quick Takes: No Signs of Recent Tests at the Magunpo Engine Test Facility

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Commercial satellite imagery from January 10, 2018 shows no indications of any recent solid-fuel engine tests at the Magunpo Solid-fuel…

American Illusions and Korean Realities: Preventing Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

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The United States is failing to meet the challenges and ignoring the opportunities presented by the US-DPRK crisis. The Trump…

Launch of the “Korea Computer Center”: An E-library of North Korean Software

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In late December, Will Scott, an American computer scientist who once taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology…

Thursday, Feb 1

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A Few Facts on North Korea’s Army Day

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We may be too far over the cliff to be bothered, but perhaps on the way down the satisfaction of…

Wednesday, Jan 31

Increased Personnel and Vehicles Present at the Mirim Parade Training Facility

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New commercial satellite imagery indicates military parade preparation and training continues to gradually expand at the Mirim Parade Training Facility,…

Tuesday, Jan 30

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North Korea’s Solid-propellant Rocket Engine Production Infrastructure: The No. 17 Factory in Hamhung

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For the past five years, 38 North has been researching North Korea’s development and production of solid-propellant rocket engines to…

Wednesday, Jan 24

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Timeline of North Korean Military Parade Preparations

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North Korea’s recent announcement that various events will be held on February 8 to celebrate the foundation of the Korean People’s…

Tuesday, Jan 23

Remembering the Pueblo: How Internal Imperatives Shape North Korean Decisions

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38 North is pleased to launch a new collection of short essays that will examine the historical context of key episodes, forces and choices…

Friday, Jan 19

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Quick Takes: No Signs of Recent Tests at the Magunpo Engine Test Facility

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Commercial satellite imagery from January 10, 2018 shows no indications of any recent solid-fuel engine tests at the Magunpo Solid-fuel…

Thursday, Jan 18

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American Illusions and Korean Realities: Preventing Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

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The United States is failing to meet the challenges and ignoring the opportunities presented by the US-DPRK crisis. The Trump…

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Launch of the “Korea Computer Center”: An E-library of North Korean Software

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In late December, Will Scott, an American computer scientist who once taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Quick Takes: Work Continues on the Submersible Sea-launched Ballistic Missile Test Stand Barge at Nampo

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Commercial satellite imagery from January 6 indicates work on North Korea’s second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge,[1] berthed at…

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Rethinking North Korean Sanctions: Lessons and Strategies for Long-Term Planning

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After North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test on November 29, 2017, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2397,…

Friday, Jan 12

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North Korea and Cyber Catastrophe—Don’t Hold Your Breath

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The heightened tension over North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs, combined with growing DPRK cyber capabilities and their use for…

Thursday, Jan 11

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Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Significant Tunneling Underway at the West Portal

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Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site indicates that the North Portal, where the last five…

Wednesday, Jan 10

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Is the US Preparing for Preventive War? Views from North Korea

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In mid-November 2017, I spent several days in Pyongyang talking to DPRK foreign ministry officials about the prospects of war…

Friday, Jan 5

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North Korea Likely Preparing for New Rocket Engine Test at Sohae

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Media reports last week suggest that North Korea is undertaking preparations to launch its new Kwangmyongsong-5 Earth-observation satellite in the…

Wednesday, Jan 3

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Kim Jong Un’s 2018 New Year’s Speech: Self-Confidence After a Tough Year

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In his 2018 New Year’s Speech, Kim Jong Un acknowledges the effects of the toughest ever sanctions against North Korea…

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Nine Reasons Why Kim Jong Un’s South Korea Initiative is More Than Just a Tactic

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The potential reopening of North-South dialogue is an important development prompting many pundits to speculate as to whether Kim Jong…

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A New Enchilada

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With this year’s New Year’s address, Kim Jong Un put in play a familiar North Korean gambit—letting the fox loose…

Thursday, Dec 21

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Market Reforms with North Korean Characteristics: Loosening the Grip on State-Owned Enterprises

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In the last few years, the seemingly ever more frequent North Korean nuclear and missile tests have been met with…

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Book Review: “King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea”

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King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea By Blaine Harden. Viking, October 2017. 272 pp. Blaine Harden has…