February 29, 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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North Korea’s solid-fuel missile salvo sends clear message to US, ROK
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North Korea’s solid-fuel missile salvo sends clear message to US, ROK

First-of-its-kind exercise underscores difficulty of preemption as DPRK diversifies the forms of its missile launches

North Korea’s solid-fuel missile salvo sends clear message to US, ROK
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda March 10, 2023
New simulator drives home human toll of nuclear conflict with North Korea

New simulator drives home human toll of nuclear conflict with North Korea

While nominally a game, ‘Nuclear War Simulator’ realistically depicts DPRK attack scenarios and what’s at stake

New simulator drives home human toll of nuclear conflict with North Korea
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda March 2, 2023
Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry
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Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry

Some doubt DPRK reentry vehicles would work as intended, but nuclear deterrence can be effective despite uncertainties

Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 22, 2023
North Korea’s latest ICBM launch signals new phase of long-range missile drills
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North Korea’s latest ICBM launch signals new phase of long-range missile drills

Military reportedly launched Hwasong-15 on short notice, as DPRK shifts focus from development to operational exercises

North Korea’s latest ICBM launch signals new phase of long-range missile drills
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 20, 2023
By parading more missiles, North Korea flaunts ability to saturate US defenses
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By parading more missiles, North Korea flaunts ability to saturate US defenses

Quantity of ICBMs renders interception highly unfeasible and pushes US to accept relationship of mutual deterrence

By parading more missiles, North Korea flaunts ability to saturate US defenses
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 9, 2023
North Korea places tactical nukes front and center with New Year’s Day launch
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North Korea places tactical nukes front and center with New Year’s Day launch

DPRK seeks to make KN-25 the backbone of its tactical nuclear forces, though the weapon likely can’t play that role yet

North Korea places tactical nukes front and center with New Year’s Day launch
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda January 1, 2023
North Korea seeks to eliminate blind spots with satellite eyes in the sky
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North Korea seeks to eliminate blind spots with satellite eyes in the sky

Improving situational awareness would help DPRK strike targets in conflict but could also have a stabilizing effect

North Korea seeks to eliminate blind spots with satellite eyes in the sky
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda December 20, 2022
North Korea’s engine test brings it a step closer to dream of solid-fuel ICBMs
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North Korea’s engine test brings it a step closer to dream of solid-fuel ICBMs

Like a firework waiting to be lit, solid-propellant missiles can be ready for use quickly in a conflict

North Korea’s engine test brings it a step closer to dream of solid-fuel ICBMs
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda December 19, 2022
North Korea’s first successful test of massive missile puts US homeland in range
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North Korea’s first successful test of massive missile puts US homeland in range

Hwasong-17 likely designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads, but its cumbersome size also creates vulnerabilities

North Korea’s first successful test of massive missile puts US homeland in range
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda November 19, 2022
North Korea’s unprecedented missile launches provide a sneak peek at nuclear war
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North Korea’s unprecedented missile launches provide a sneak peek at nuclear war

State media report underscores challenges to US-ROK defenses and reveals new ICBM possibly for testing advanced payloads

North Korea’s unprecedented missile launches provide a sneak peek at nuclear war
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda November 7, 2022
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