February 02, 2023

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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 at @nktpnd.

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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
Russia’s invasion overshadows North Korean nukes at UN nonproliferation review
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Russia’s invasion overshadows North Korean nukes at UN nonproliferation review

Great power discord and lack of progress on disarmament reflect broader unease about nuclear treaty beyond DPRK

Russia’s invasion overshadows North Korean nukes at UN nonproliferation review
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda August 30, 2022
Why North Korea wants tactical nuclear weapons
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Why North Korea wants tactical nuclear weapons

Much still unknown about deployment strategy, but Kim Jong Un could delegate authority to use weapons to army units

Why North Korea wants tactical nuclear weapons
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda July 7, 2022
Row over North Korea’s rocket launch raises need for clear reporting rules
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Row over North Korea’s rocket launch raises need for clear reporting rules

Even artillery rockets can qualify as missiles, but South Korea has not specified range threshold for publicizing tests

Row over North Korea’s rocket launch raises need for clear reporting rules
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda June 16, 2022
North Korea’s 8-missile salvo likely a test of command and control systems
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North Korea’s 8-missile salvo likely a test of command and control systems

Pyongyang appears to be making progress in operational training to validate mass production standards for missiles

North Korea’s 8-missile salvo likely a test of command and control systems
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda June 7, 2022
Why North Korea launches long-range missiles on medium-range trajectories
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Why North Korea launches long-range missiles on medium-range trajectories

Examining puzzling flights paths, use of Sunan launch site and state media silence after latest test of three missiles

Why North Korea launches long-range missiles on medium-range trajectories
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda May 27, 2022
North Korea’s military parade celebrates many missiles tested since last year
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North Korea’s military parade celebrates many missiles tested since last year

Hypersonic vehicles, Hwasong-17 ICBMs and likely new solid fuel missile show centrality of DPRK’s modernization plan

North Korea’s military parade celebrates many missiles tested since last year
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda April 27, 2022
North Korea’s latest missile launch a step toward tactical nuclear weapons
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North Korea’s latest missile launch a step toward tactical nuclear weapons

Test launch may mark onset of dangerous new chapter in DPRK weapons development and foreshadow another nuclear test

North Korea’s latest missile launch a step toward tactical nuclear weapons
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda April 18, 2022
With ICBM launch, North Korea seeks to turn offensive balance in its favor
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With ICBM launch, North Korea seeks to turn offensive balance in its favor

Kim Jong Un likely one step closer to operationalizing long-range delivery vehicle for multiple nuclear warheads

With ICBM launch, North Korea seeks to turn offensive balance in its favor
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda March 25, 2022
What went wrong during North Korea’s failed missile launch this week
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What went wrong during North Korea’s failed missile launch this week

Various factors may have caused catastrophic failure, but the DPRK will still learn from test to improve its designs

What went wrong during North Korea’s failed missile launch this week
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda March 18, 2022
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