September 28, 2021

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

North Korea’s new cruise missile: Nothing to worry about?
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North Korea’s new cruise missile: Nothing to worry about?

Alarm over the DPRK’s new weapon is ill-advised, as its main purpose is for signaling rather than military use

North Korea’s new cruise missile: Nothing to worry about?
Nah Liang Tuang
Nah Liang Tuang September 28, 2021
Japan’s next leader has a chance to reshape the country’s North Korea policy
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Japan’s next leader has a chance to reshape the country’s North Korea policy

Tokyo has long insisted on resolving the abduction issue first, but the public increasingly prioritizes denuclearization

Japan’s next leader has a chance to reshape the country’s North Korea policy
Glyn Ford
Glyn Ford | Marialaura De Angelis September 27, 2021
After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view
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After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view

North Korean leader could be back at his east coast retreat, satellite imagery suggests

After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko September 24, 2021
The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
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The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions

Analysts and researchers often disagree on core issues, from how to label the Kim regime to the DPRK’s nuclear program

The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 24, 2021
When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

Czechoslovakia played a unique role on the Korean Peninsula during the Cold War, rubbing some the wrong way

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 23, 2021
NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research
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NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research

Andrew Brockfield and Colin Zwirko discuss how satellites help track everything from flooding to sanctions breaches

NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll September 23, 2021
North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery
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North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery

Reports previously suggested the zone would open in August to help kick-start trade with China

North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko September 23, 2021
North Korea’s new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer
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North Korea’s new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer

New missiles are likely a niche capability, but may signal more missile-testing campaigns in the future

North Korea’s new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda September 23, 2021
With foreign minister’s visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US
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With foreign minister’s visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US

Beijing may dangle its leverage with North Korea as it aims to influence ROK policy ahead of presidential election

With foreign minister’s visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US
Anthony V. Rinna
Anthony V. Rinna September 22, 2021
South Korea’s new SLBMs are a signal to  North Korea and the United States
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South Korea’s new SLBMs are a signal to North Korea and the United States

Whether new ballistic missiles go nuclear depends on credibility of US assurances and severity of future DPRK actions

South Korea’s new SLBMs are a signal to  North Korea and the United States
Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen September 21, 2021
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