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Significant progress in the construction of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station is observed in recent satellite imagery as part of the dramatic and ongoing modernization plan announced by Kim Jong-un earlier this year. READ MORE

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For the past two months, a significant increase in activity has been observed at the Sinpo South Shipyard, suggestive of longer-term preparations for North Korea's launching of the new SSB or testing newer, more capable... READ MORE

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North Korea's seventh nuclear test is assessed to be carried out in the coming weeks. This report provides an updated view of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, where the test will almost assuredly take place. READ MORE

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For the past two months, a significant increase in activity has been observed at the Sinpo South Shipyard, suggestive of longer-term preparations for North Korea's launching of the new SSB or testing newer, more capable... READ MORE

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North Korea’s September 25 test launch of a ballistic missile from the Taechon Reservoir was a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), not a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) as commonly reported. The missile used for this test... READ MORE

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Recent satellite images of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility show new clearing and construction near Tunnel No. 4. As expected, no new activity was observed at Tunnel No. 3, where North Korea is assessed to... READ MORE

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Significant construction continues at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station including the expansion of fuel/oxidizer storage capacity and construction of what may be a large underground or support facility. READ MORE

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Recent satellite images of the Sinpo South Shipyard, a critical location in North Korea's development of SSB and SLBM capabilities, show vessel movements and new construction in the area. READ MORE

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Indications of an unannounced engine test, along with significant construction activity, were recently observed at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. READ MORE

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Recent satellite images show efforts to mitigate flood damage at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, where North Korea has finished all preparations for conducting a seventh nuclear test. READ MORE

High Resolution is a CSIS video series created and produced by the Dracopoulos iDeas Lab and features CSIS experts. The... READ MORE

North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for... READ MORE

Since 2016, CSIS has partnered with an organization that has a successful track record of conducting discrete and careful surveys... READ MORE

Infrastructure & Energy

Built on the former grounds of Yonpo Airbase, the Yonpo Vegetable Greenhouse Farm is a top-priority project for North Korea and, once completed, will become North Korea's largest agricultural greenhouse complex. READ MORE

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Four months after Kim Jong-un’s March 2022 inspection of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and the public announcement of a modernization and development project, satellite imagery shows that the first stages of construction are now... READ MORE

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Recent satellite imagery shows North Korea is making slow but steady progress with its renovation and expansion of the North Korean Air and Air Defense Force's Sunchon Airbase. READ MORE

Nuclear Weapons

A high-resolution satellite image from July 3, 2022, shows the current observable status of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, where flooding of the nearby Kuryong River and new activity is observed near Building 500—the first... READ MORE

Military

Recent satellite image clearly details the current observable status of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, where North Korea is assessed to have finished all preparations for conducting a nuclear test. READ MORE

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Satellite image collected on June 16 of the Sinpo South Shipyard shows that the submersible missile test stand barge has once again exchanged positions with the infiltration mothership, and various pieces of equipment are visible... READ MORE

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New satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility shows not only ongoing work at Tunnel No. 3, but also new indicators of construction activity at Tunnel No. 4 further north. READ MORE

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Satellite imagery collected from the last several months show­­­ intermittent activity on North Korea’s second submersible missile test stand barge located in Nampo Navy Shipyard on the west coast. READ MORE

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Recent satellite imagery provides the first views of the secure boat basin at Sinpo South Shipyard since the SLBM test launch on May 7. The images show the submersible missile test stand barge has exchanged... READ MORE

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A high off-nadir satellite imagery collected on May 17, 2022, provides a unique view of the ongoing activity outside the new portal to Tunnel No. 3 (South Portal) and in the main administration and support... READ MORE

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Satellite image collected on April 20 provides one of the most detailed and current views of the Sinpo Shipyard, which houses North Korea's experimental ballistic missile submarine and submersible test stand barge. READ MORE

Nuclear Weapons

Recent satellite image shows indications of ongoing construction work near and inside Tunnel No. 3 at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Testing Site. READ MORE

Military

Located 338-kilometers north of the demilitarized zone and only 25-kilometers from the Chinese border in Chagang Province, the Hoejung-ni missile operating base will, according to informed sources, likely house a regiment-sized unit equipped with intercontinental... READ MORE

Military

While minor changes have taken place at Sohae Satellite Launching Station over the years, satellite imagery and other sources indicate that the roots of the recently announced modernization and expansion program likely date back to... READ MORE

Health

To document the trajectory of South Korea’s national response efforts against the spread of COVID-19, the CSIS Korea Chair created a timeline of events outlining policies and other measures implemented to date. READ MORE

Economics

The growth of markets and gradual changes in the economy are some the most significant developments to occur in North Korea over the last 20 years. An understanding of these fundamental changes is critical for... READ MORE

Nuclear Weapons

LANDSAT 7 and LANDSAT 8 thermal infrared satellite imagery in January and February show that warm water is being discharged from the 5MWe reactor at Yongbyon, confirming that the reactor and its cooling system are... READ MORE

Military

North Korea’s SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine suffered a malfunction likely resulting in damage during the October 19, 2021, SLBM test launch. READ MORE

Economics

Over 16 months after its shutdown of the border with China to prevent COVID transmission, North Korea has seen delays in its efforts to re-open commerce with its primary trade partner. The conversion of Uiju... READ MORE

Military

While North Korea’s public demonstration of a rail-mobile missile launch platform earlier this month may have caught some by surprise, the country’s interest in developing such a capability reports back several decades. READ MORE

Infrastructure & Energy

Although significant political barriers remain to reconnecting the Korean peninsula, there is merit in substantive study of the types of energy infrastructure connections that would best promote regional growth and stability. The cases examined in... READ MORE

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