February 25, 2024

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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor-at-large at The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter.

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What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion
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What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion

Regime appears far off from true maritime deterrent but is relentless in pursuit of second-strike survivability

What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 13, 2024
How North Korea hopes to fluster US and ROK defenses with cruise missiles
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How North Korea hopes to fluster US and ROK defenses with cruise missiles

Low altitude and quick launch time make new Pulhwasal series hard to spot in combat, especially if fired from submarine

How North Korea hopes to fluster US and ROK defenses with cruise missiles
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 5, 2024
What North Korea stands to gain with its new solid-fuel ‘hypersonic’ missile
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What North Korea stands to gain with its new solid-fuel ‘hypersonic’ missile

Demonstration of various delivery systems shows growing technical acumen of DPRK’s missile manufacturing complex

What North Korea stands to gain with its new solid-fuel ‘hypersonic’ missile
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda January 16, 2024
For first time ever, North Korean ballistic missiles wreak havoc in actual war
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For first time ever, North Korean ballistic missiles wreak havoc in actual war

Russia’s use of DPRK missiles in Ukraine is major milestone for Pyongyang, and ominous sign for nonproliferation efforts

For first time ever, North Korean ballistic missiles wreak havoc in actual war
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda January 8, 2024
North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM
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North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM

After third successful launch of Hwasong-18, DPRK appears primed to focus on demonstrating new capabilities

North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda December 19, 2023
North Korea’s new spy satellite could prevent conflict, but also abet attacks
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North Korea’s new spy satellite could prevent conflict, but also abet attacks

Eyes in sky may give DPRK better idea of allied force movements, reducing uncertainty in crisis but improving targeting

North Korea’s new spy satellite could prevent conflict, but also abet attacks
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda November 22, 2023
North Korea debuts next stage in topsy-turvy development of solid-fuel missiles
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North Korea debuts next stage in topsy-turvy development of solid-fuel missiles

Tests of new intermediate-range missile engines follow solid-fuel ICBM success and lay groundwork for flight testing

North Korea debuts next stage in topsy-turvy development of solid-fuel missiles
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda November 15, 2023
How two Koreas’ embrace of missile capabilities has amplified conflict risks
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How two Koreas’ embrace of missile capabilities has amplified conflict risks

Lowering likelihood of North Korean nuclear use has emerged as primary task in near term, eclipsing denuclearization

How two Koreas’ embrace of missile capabilities has amplified conflict risks
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda November 7, 2023
North Korea’s nuclear ambitions reach new stage with ballistic missile submarine
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North Korea’s nuclear ambitions reach new stage with ballistic missile submarine

Hero Kim Kun Ok may not reach depths of others but multiple launch modes can fluster US and allied targeting in crisis

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions reach new stage with ballistic missile submarine
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda September 8, 2023
Despite second launch failure, North Korea takes step toward spy satellite goals
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Despite second launch failure, North Korea takes step toward spy satellite goals

DPRK is rapidly iterating on military spy satellite and launch vehicle, which flew farther than during first test in May

Despite second launch failure, North Korea takes step toward spy satellite goals
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda August 25, 2023
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