April 16, 2024
Analysis

What night-time satellite imagery says about N. Korea – and what it doesn’t

Can be useful source of information, if applied correctly

Night-time satellite images of the Korean peninsula – showing North Korea as a black hole surrounded by the gleaming lights of economic powerhouses like China, Japan and South Korea – have become a click-winning favorite among online media outlets.

Most recently, footage captured from the International Space Station made headlines worldwide with a raw display of disparities between North Korea and its more well-off neighbors.

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