October 07, 2022

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

North Korean missile threats drive Japan’s defense budget to record high
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North Korean missile threats drive Japan’s defense budget to record high

Tokyo embracing new measures to reconfigure national security strategies while boosting Self-Defense Force capabilities

North Korean missile threats drive Japan’s defense budget to record high
Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi
Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi September 14, 2022
Kim Jong Un sets ambitious economic goals but has no real plan to achieve them
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Kim Jong Un sets ambitious economic goals but has no real plan to achieve them

In latest speech, North Korean leader doubles down on decades-old proposals that have failed to fix incentive problems

Kim Jong Un sets ambitious economic goals but has no real plan to achieve them
Peter Ward
Peter Ward September 13, 2022
China’s ‘largest’ customs port on North Korean border not ready despite ceremony
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China’s ‘largest’ customs port on North Korean border not ready despite ceremony

Satellite imagery shows construction still unfinished on long-delayed facility, as DPRK maintains COVID border controls

China’s ‘largest’ customs port on North Korean border not ready despite ceremony
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko September 13, 2022
North Korea finally wants vaccines. The question is where it will get them.
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North Korea finally wants vaccines. The question is where it will get them.

Inoculations are much needed but come too late for many who suffered through outbreak and under pandemic restrictions

North Korea finally wants vaccines. The question is where it will get them.
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 12, 2022
North Korea’s fake missile defense batteries (probably) aren’t fooling anyone
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North Korea’s fake missile defense batteries (probably) aren’t fooling anyone

Satellite imagery shows DPRK has at least 9 mock surface-to-air missile sites that seek to draw fire from real defenses

North Korea’s fake missile defense batteries (probably) aren’t fooling anyone
Jacob Bogle
Jacob Bogle September 12, 2022
North Korea’s new nuclear law drives nail in the coffin of denuclearization
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North Korea’s new nuclear law drives nail in the coffin of denuclearization

Policy showcases DPRK’s evolution into nuclear weapons state and outlines use conditions if Kim Jong Un incapacitated

North Korea’s new nuclear law drives nail in the coffin of denuclearization
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda September 12, 2022
Full text: How North Korea transformed its nuclear doctrine law
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Full text: How North Korea transformed its nuclear doctrine law

NK PRO chart compares North Korea’s 2013 nuclear doctrine law with the recently updated 2022 version

Full text: How North Korea transformed its nuclear doctrine law
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim September 9, 2022
North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine: Key drivers and implications
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North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine: Key drivers and implications

Pyongyang’s wide range of scenarios to justify use of nuclear weapons gives more room for misunderstanding and accident

North Korea’s first-use nuclear doctrine: Key drivers and implications
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll September 9, 2022
State media review: North Korea prepares for typhoon disaster that never came
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State media review: North Korea prepares for typhoon disaster that never came

An in-depth analysis of Typhoon Hinnamnor, criticism of Japan’s defense budget and a new ideological program for kids

State media review: North Korea prepares for typhoon disaster that never came
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung September 8, 2022
Space radar tech reveals hundreds of ships hiding outside North Korean port
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Space radar tech reveals hundreds of ships hiding outside North Korean port

New application of AI and space radar can see so-called dark vessels rain or shine, a boon for sanctions monitors

Space radar tech reveals hundreds of ships hiding outside North Korean port
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 8, 2022
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