Is North Korea Preparing a Missile Test?

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On January 19, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea had placed two missiles on mobile launchers in preparation for possible testing in the early days of the Trump administration. Details are still scarce, and it should be noted that North Korea has in the past prepared missiles…


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Is the Kalma Ballistic Missile Test Site Ready for an ICBM Launch?

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North Korea has recently threatened to conduct its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Last week, media reports even cited “unnamed” South Korean officials stating a test of a previously unknown 2-stage ICBM “may be imminent.”[1] While the North’s ability to produce a 2-stage ICBM is questionable and…


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Continued Unidentified Activity at Site of North Korea’s Last Nuclear Test

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.  Recent commercial satellite imagery from August 4, 2016 shows continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal, site of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test conducted in January 2016. While supplies and/or…


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Geolocating the June 22 Hwasong-10 Test: The Kalma Firing Position

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Sun Young Ahn. Summary While the exact location of the June 22 Hwasong-10 (Musudan) ballistic missile test was not reported by North Korean state media, comparison of the ground photos published and recent commercial satellite imagery indicate that…


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North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Submarine: Probable Post-Missile Test Maintenance; Construction Hall Externally Complete

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery, acquired five days after the July 9 launch of the second KN-11 this year, shows post-test activity and provides a status update of the Sinpo South Shipyard, the homeport of North Korea’s GORAE-class ballistic…


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North Korea: High-Level of Activity at Nuclear Test Site Portal but Purpose is Unclear

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates a high-level of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, specifically at the North Portal area where the DPRK conducted its 2013 and 2016 nuclear tests. Based on imagery alone, it is…


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Correcting the Record on 38 North’s Analysis of North Korea’s Possible Fifth Nuclear Test

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The recent article, “What’s behind North Korea’s attempts for dialogue?” by Cha Du-Hyeogn, published by NK News calls 38 North to task as “falling for Pyongyang’s trickery” and reporting on “omens” of an imminent fifth nuclear test. Normally, we wouldn’t respond to such comments, but 38 North takes a great…


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Hackers test defences of Middle East banks

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Hackers are probing the defences of banks in the Middle East, targeting employees with infected emails which gather information about the banks’ network and user accounts, FireEye researchers said. FireEye, a US cybersecurity company investigating the February attack on Bangladesh’s central bank in which hackers stole $81 million, said there…


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Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Despite predictions by the South Korean government that a nuclear test appeared imminent to coincide with the DPRK’s 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, that gathering is now ended and there are no apparent signs that a…


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New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 5 suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near future. While the test site continues to show low levels of activity, vehicles…


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Update on North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery from April 28 shows signs of continued low-level activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Based on available evidence, it is not possible to determine whether these activities are related to continued…


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Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand 

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station shows continued low-level activity that does not suggest imminent preparations for either the launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) or engine test. Low-level Activity at…


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North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues; Tunnel Excavation Resumes

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Summary New commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site from April 19 shows limited vehicle and equipment activity at the North Portal and Main Support Area as well as indications of resumed excavation operations at the West Portal….


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Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Limited Activity Continues

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. ROK President Park Geun-hye and the Ministry of National Defense have strongly suggested that North Korea will soon conduct a fifth nuclear test, based on what has been reported as a significant up-tic in activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear…


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A Fifth Nuclear Test at Punggye-ri?

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. News reports suggest the possibility of an impending fifth nuclear or mobile ballistic missile test to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. Recent commercial satellite imagery shows little evidence that Pyongyang is planning…


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Ethical hackers to test computer network security

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Leicester city council have hired ‘ethical hackers’ to help them improve their cyber security. Over the past 18 months, 11 council staff have had their computers infected, which caused localised disruption to their desktops. The council have decided to employ two IT auditors as part of their cyber resilience programme…


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North Korea’s Large Rocket Engine Test: A Significant Step Forward for Pyongyang’s ICBM Program

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Summary North Korea’s April 9 test of a large liquid-fuel engine is a disturbing development that not only highlights the growing threat posed by Pyongyang but should also put to rest, once and for all, all claims that the North’s WMD programs are a hoax. In fact, the test demonstrated…


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Location of KN-08 Reentry Vehicle Nosecone Test Identified

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Henry Kan. On March 15, North Korean media carried photographs of Kim Jong Un as he observed and guided a test of the nose cone for what appears to be the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) reentry vehicle….


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Post-Launch Activity Observed at Sohae: Rocket Engine Test Possible

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Executive Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station since the February 7 satellite launch, including possible preparations for a rocket engine test. An unusual convoy of five small 4-meter-long trucks, apparently traveling north…


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Is North Korea Preparing for a Fifth Nuclear Test?

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A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Recent news reports citing South Korean intelligence sources state that North Korea is preparing for its fifth nuclear test. Such a reaction to pending United Nations and US sanctions is possible given the North’s past behavior. However, an examination of commercial…


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