Informed analysis of events in and around the DPRK. A program of the @StimsonCenter.

Washington, DC
Joined January 2014
As #DPRK’s nuclear program advances, the US must pursue both diplomacy and an updated allied deterrence strategy, writes Brad Roberts in “Living With a Nuclear-Arming North Korea: Deterrence Decisions in a Deteriorating Threat Environment” @Livermore_Lab bit.ly/2JrXqDj
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Camilo Aguirre Torrini (@AguirreTorrini) provides a careful analysis of Venezuelan-#DPRK relations, noting that rather than "Socialist Solidarity," their bilateral ties have been shaped primarily by US efforts to isolate both countries. bit.ly/3nmCe1O
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Commercial satellite imagery of the #DPRK's Sinpho South Shipyard from Oct 20 suggests the SINPO-class ballistic missile submarine was probably the vessel used in the Oct 19 SLBM test. Analysis by Peter Makowsky and Jack Liu. bit.ly/3lYNqlU
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While many aspects of #DPRK's Sep 29 "hypersonic missile" launch are currently unknown, Vann Van Diepen discusses 6 takeaways underscoring the technological accomplishments and political motivations behind the missile. bit.ly/30eWtGO
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Since joining the UN in 1991, the #DPRK has joined many multilateral health initiatives. Dr. Heeje Lee, Edward Ham & @keepark review DPRK integration & reporting of tobacco control efforts w/ the WHO, & how health agreements may foster future cooperation. bit.ly/3v78w4y
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38 North affiliate NK Economy Watch (@benjaminkatzeff) examines skyrocketing coal prices in China and a resulting demand for #DPRK coal, noting that the North is more connected to global markets than we might think. More at: nkeconwatch.com/2021/10/13/n…
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Commercial satellite imagery shows construction of the Kwangchon Chicken Farm, a large farm near Pyongyang, remains incomplete, more than a year after #KJU visited but still attracts senior officials & state media coverage. Analysis by @martyn_williams bit.ly/3loGsq7
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Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that water continues to be discharged intermittently into the #DPRK's 5 MWe Reactor outflow channel, suggesting the reactor is likely still operating. Analysis by @OlliHeinonen, Jack Liu and @SamanthaJPitz. bit.ly/2YzJrDr
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While the covering may be for technical purposes (to keep equipment or structures inside protected from the elements), it also limits what we can learn about the function of this new building (based on its layout). #NorthKorea #Yongbyon
Recent commercial satellite imagery shows construction on a new building at the #DPRK’s Uranium Enrichment Plant at Yongbyon has been covered, concealing the building’s layout and construction progress. The purpose of the building is still unclear. bit.ly/3atAHkN
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Recent commercial satellite imagery shows construction on a new building at the #DPRK’s Uranium Enrichment Plant at Yongbyon has been covered, concealing the building’s layout and construction progress. The purpose of the building is still unclear. bit.ly/3atAHkN
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Robert Carlin analyzes recent #DPRK statements which seem to ease off of “deterrence” and emphasize "balance" in the context of military power. While still early, this may signal a shift in policy. bit.ly/3iz5kcX
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.@slee_0602 & @38NorthNK's @nslavney examine the divisive matter of Afghans welcomed into the #ROK as special contributors, "a product of #SouthKorea’s rigid, if not nonexistent, refugee policy." More at @Diplomat_APAC:
As South Korea admits Afghans as “special contributors,” the country remains divided over refugees. thediplomat.com/2021/10/afgh…
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