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Thursday, Aug 16

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North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard: Low Level Activity Continues

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Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates a low level of activity at North Korea’s Sinpo South Shipyard, where North Korea’s only…

Thursday, Aug 9

19

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center: Work Continues on 5 MWe Reactor’s Cooling System

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Commercial satellite imagery from July 31 of North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center indicates ongoing work on the secondary…

Wednesday, Aug 8

23

North Korea’s Economic Policy in 2018 and Beyond: Reforms Inevitable, Delays Possible

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Kim Jong Un has based his claim to legitimacy as North Korea’s leader on economic performance. This makes him more…

Tuesday, Aug 7

17

More Progress on Dismantling Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

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Commercial satellite imagery from August 3 indicates additional dismantlement activities are ongoing at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station since last…

Friday, Aug 3

20

Much Ado About Kangson

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Recent commercial satellite imagery analysis by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, published by…

Wednesday, Aug 1

North Korea and the Internet: Building for the Future

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Construction of the new Internet Communication Bureau headquarters (평양인터네트통신국건설) in Pyongyang appears to be near externally complete, more than two…

Tuesday, Jul 31

21

On Dismantlement at the Sohae Space Launch Facility

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The 38 North feature a week ago identifying the first steps in what may be a program to dismantle key facilities at the Sohae…

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Victory Over Whom?

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Pyongyang media managed to mark the July 27 anniversary of the North’s “victory” in the Korean War without a single…

Friday, Jul 27

19

A Road Map for Demilitarizing North Korea

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Denuclearization is at the top of the negotiating agenda with North Korea, but reducing the size and capabilities of its…

Thursday, Jul 26

23

How the Media Wove a Narrative of North Korean Nuclear Deception

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Since the June 12 Singapore Summit between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the US media…

Wednesday, Jul 25

Expansion of North Korea’s Solid Fuel Ballistic Missile Program: The Eight Year Old Case of the Chemical Materials Institute

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While recent press reports have focused on the expansion of North Korea’s Chemical Materials Institute (CMI)—a key facility in its…

Monday, Jul 23

22

North Korea Begins Dismantling Key Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

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In an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at the June 12 Singapore Summit,…

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The Washington Post’s Impatient Reporting

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Talk about getting a story half-right. The Washington Post right-hand lead story on Sunday, July 22, reports that the lack…

Wednesday, Jul 18

Back to the Basics: Above and Beyond CVID with North Korea

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s high-profile post-summit visit to North Korea—the first to follow Kim and Trump’s initial meeting—ended without…

Monday, Jul 16

How the North Korean Economy Should—and Shouldn’t—be Used in Negotiations

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To date, assistance for North Korea’s economy has not factored into negotiations between the United States, South Korea and North…

Thursday, Jul 12

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Putin, Trump and North Korea: The Road to Washington Leads Through Asia

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US President Donald Trump’s and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming summit in Helsinki—the first since Putin’s election in 2013—follows on…

Tuesday, Jul 10

The Singapore Summit in Perspective: Lessons from the Israeli-Arab Conflict

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The path toward North Korea’s denuclearization will be strewn with obstacles and will be difficult to navigate. It will also…

Monday, Jul 9

22

Lessons from the Unhappy History of Verification in North Korea

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Verification of North Korea’s denuclearization now preoccupies negotiators. An unhappy past holds some important lessons for what may work this…

21

What the North Koreans Really Said on July 7

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The July 7 DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman’s statement appears to be a warning message to the US, carefully tinged with…

Friday, Jul 6

North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center: Testing of Reactor Cooling Systems; Construction of Two New Non-Industrial Buildings

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Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has finished work on the secondary cooling system for the 5 MWe…

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Building Trust on the Korean Peninsula: The Role of CBMs in Nuclear Negotiations

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In a previous piece for 38 North, I drew attention to the serious—and understudied—potential for a North Korean nuclear accident…

Tuesday, Jul 3

38 North Special Report: Recent Changes in Kim Jong Un’s High Command

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Prior to the Singapore Summit, the biggest news about the DPRK concerned a personnel shuffle of the Korean People’s Army…

Friday, Jun 29

North Korea: Liaison Offices—The First Time

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The summit statement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore included the agreement that: “The United States…

Tuesday, Jun 26

21

Infrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility

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Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center…

Friday, Jun 22

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No Apparent Dismantlement Activities at Sohae Engine Test Site as of June 12

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Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station from June 12 shows no apparent activity related to dismantlement…

Thursday, Jun 21

23

Breaking the News Frame Of Trump’s Nuclear Diplomacy

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An ebullient President Trump flew home Tuesday with what he called a “very, very comprehensive” agreement with North Korea, even…

Monday, Jun 18

19

Rebooting Inter-Korean Economic Relations: A Challenging Road Ahead

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The dramatic shift in inter-Korean relations now underway provides a strategic opportunity to rethink future economic cooperation between the two…

Friday, Jun 15

21

More on North Korea’s Missile Test Sites

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Following up on 38 North’s recent assessment concluding that there were no changes to the Sohae (Tongchang-ri) Satellite Launch Facility,…

Thursday, Jun 14

No Indications of Missile Test Stand Dismantlement Yet at Sohae Satellite Launch Facility

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During his post summit press conference on June 12, President Trump first stated that, “Chairman Kim has told me that North Korea…

Wednesday, Jun 13

20

Ending US-ROK Military Exercises: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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According to news reporting, President Trump said on June 12 that the United States will end its annual joint military…