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Wednesday, Oct 18

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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

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Interdicting North Korean Vessels: Another False Hope

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

Tuesday, Oct 3

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

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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

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

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Russia Provides New Internet Connection to North Korea

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

Thursday, Sep 28

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Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights

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

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North Korea Continues Work on Second Barge Used for SLBM Testing

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Recent commercial satellite imagery from September 1 and 21, indicates that North Korea continues to work on its second submersible…

Wednesday, Sep 27

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The BBC Launches Korean Language News: A New Option for North Korean Radio Listeners

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On September 25, the BBC launched its Korean-language service, adding another voice to radio stations already targeting North Koreans with…

Tuesday, Sep 26

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Chinese-North Korean Relations: Drawing the Right Historical Lessons

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Starting in the mid-1970s, Pyongyang began reaching out to Washington to replace the Korean War armistice with a peace agreement.…

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Let’s All Take a Deep Breath

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In the thick of the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, there is a tendency by the media to…

Monday, Sep 25

22

The Lamps are Going Out in Asia

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“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” — Sir…

Friday, Sep 22

20

Thanks to YouTube, North Korea Has Just Become Even More Opaque

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YouTube’s decision to delete North Korean YouTube channels has served to highlight the sometimes-unintended consequences of sanctions and the absolute…

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The New US Sanctions: Moving From Sanctions to Economic War

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President Trump’s new Executive Order on North Korea sanctions is a unilateral declaration of economic warfare designed to bring the…

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Inspector O Sings

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When I walked into the restaurant, the place was completely empty, or so I thought until I noticed one table,…

Monday, Sep 18

19

Economic Sanctions and the Nuclear Issue: Lessons From North Korean Trade

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On September 14, North Korea conducted another test of its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM), flying over Japan for a…

Friday, Sep 15

23

UNSCR 2375: What Just Happened Here?

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On Monday evening, the United Nations Security Council quickly and unanimously passed another sanctions resolution against North Korea in a…

Wednesday, Sep 13

01

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects and New Activity in Alternate Tunnel Portal Areas

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New commercial satellite imagery confirms earlier 38 North analysis identifying numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site on the…

Tuesday, Sep 12

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The Future of the UN Command

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The role of the United Nations Command (UNC) in deterring North Korean aggression and maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula…

Thursday, Sep 7

22

Trump Turns Kim Jong Un’s Hopes into Achievable Goals

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Three generations of North Korea’s Kim family have dreamed of getting the United States off the Korean peninsula. Now, the…

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What if Sanctions Brought North Korea to the Brink? “Well, in 1941…”

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Fluent in Korean and a specialist in North Korea’s economy, Mitsuhiro Mimura has visited North Korea 45 times since 1996,…

Tuesday, Sep 5

20

North Korea’s Sixth Nuclear Test: A First Look

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Commercial satellite imagery from Planet, obtained the day after North Korea conducted its largest test to date (currently estimated in…

Monday, Sep 4

19

Part II: Tough Is Not Enough

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In Part I of this series, I argued that advocates for “getting tough on North Korea” were prone to adopt…

Sunday, Sep 3

22

Sixth Nuclear Test Detected at Punggye-ri, Declared to be a Hydrogen Bomb

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At approximately 03:30 UTC (noon DPRK time) on September 3, 2017 North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute conducted its largest and…

Friday, Sep 1

20

Getting Tough on North Korea: Iran and Other Mirages

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As North Korea moves closer to its goal of being able to target key parts of the United States with…