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Thursday, Nov 29

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North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM: New Data Indicates Shorter Range Than Many Thought

North Korea test fired a two-stage, liquid-propellant Hwasong-14 missile on July 4, 2017. The missile flew on a steep trajectory,…

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Why Insisting on a North Korean Nuclear Declaration Up Front is a Big Mistake

My reply to the frequently asked question if Kim Jong Un will ever give up North Korea’s nuclear weapons is,…

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Dogs Not Barking: Pyongyang’s Long Silence

Since the US elections on November 6, North Korean central media have been conspicuously silent on the state of US-DPRK…

Monday, Nov 19

22

Look Before You Tweet: The Perils of Rushing Analysis

When the North Korean news service KCNA reported early on the morning of November 16 that Kim Jong Un had…

Friday, Nov 16

21

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center: 5 MWe Reactor Unlikely Operating

Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicates that although a minor flow of water…

18

Why Korea Needs Peace: A Korean American Perspective

Over the last 20 years, the relationship between South and North Korea has ebbed and flowed based on elections in…

Thursday, Nov 15

17

Imagining a New US-South Korean Security Architecture

Declaring an official end to the Korean War should not be seen as a slippery slope to the withdrawal of…

Wednesday, Nov 14

Is the North Korean Won Pegged to the RMB? Probably, but the Numbers Don’t Show It

The market exchange rate between the North Korean won, the Chinese renminbi (RMB), and the US dollar (USD) has looked…

Tuesday, Nov 13

20

The New York Times’ Misleading Story on North Korean Missiles

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new…

18

Pyongyang Warns Again on “Byungjin” Revival

Apparently concerned that Washington is not taking its warnings seriously, Pyongyang has conveyed through an article in Choson Sinbo, the…

Friday, Nov 9

23

North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Minor Cleanup Activity

Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site shows some partial site cleanup, possibly including reclamation and…

Thursday, Nov 8

22

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Low Level Activity Continues

Commercial satellite imagery from October 31 indicates that North Korea has installed new equipment, possibly for ventilation, on the roof…

Wednesday, Nov 7

How to Structure Sanctions Relief in Any Future DPRK Deal

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will almost certainly seek sanctions relief in any future deal on denuclearization. It is…

Monday, Nov 5

Toward a Ban on Deployment and Production of Kim’s Missiles

By suspending test-launches of missiles before completing the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Kim Jong Un opened the…

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DPRK Notches Up the Warnings

Carefully, on little cat feet, Pyongyang has sent a new warning about the mounting dangers of what it sees as…

Friday, Nov 2

15

North Korea’s Uranium Mining and Milling Operations Continue at Pyongsan

An examination of commercial satellite imagery beginning in 2016 of the Pyongsan Uranium Concentrate Pilot Plant, one of North Korea’s…

Friday, Oct 26

18

Can Abe Solve Japan’s “North Korea” Dilemma?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected for the third term as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party…

Wednesday, Oct 24

21

China’s Potential Role as Security Guarantor for North Korea

The recent developments on the Korean Peninsula have been dominated by North Korea’s rapid rapprochement with the US and the…

Tuesday, Oct 23

The Case for Funding the UN’s Request for Humanitarian Assistance to the DPRK

In March, the United Nations issued an urgent call for humanitarian assistance to the DPRK. It requested $111 million to…

Monday, Oct 22

19

North Korea Carefully Revs Up Public Warnings to Washington

Pyongyang appears to have made a potentially far-reaching, and possibly internally contentious, decision to put the question of sanctions squarely…

Friday, Oct 19

22

The Sanctions Effect in North Korea: Observations from Rason

In cities and regions open to foreigners, the effects of sanctions can be seen, but they have clearly not been…

Friday, Oct 12

Book Review: “Ask a North Korean: Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World’s Most Secretive Nation”

Daniel Tudor’s Ask a North Korean: Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World’s Most Secretive Nation offers a raw…

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Book Review: “South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers”

South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers By Scott Snyder: Columbia University Press,…

Wednesday, Oct 10

22

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at a Launch Pad Fuel/Oxidizer Bunker

A review of commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station beginning in spring and running through fall 2018…

Tuesday, Oct 9

21

Inter-Korean Dialogue and Denuclearization—Will the Twain Shall Meet?

The recent summit between the South Korean president Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang…

Friday, Oct 5

23

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center: Quiet After the Pyongyang Summit

Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicates no significant changes in the fissile material…

Thursday, Oct 4

19

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: No New Dismantlement Activity

Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”), North Korea’s main space launch facility, indicates that despite…

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38 North Expands Its Imagery Staff

Recent developments on the Korean Peninsula—efforts to resolve the decades-old confrontation between North Korea, the United States and South Korea—mean…

Tuesday, Oct 2

15

War with North Korea Would Attack American Workers

Last fall, when war with North Korea seemed imminent, Senator Lindsey Graham said that, “if there’s going to be a…

Wednesday, Sep 26

01

In Strong Support of Ambassador Biegun

Dear Mr. Ambassador: A number of articles have recently been written about what a tough job you have and that…