October 26, 2021
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Latest NK Pro analysis related to the DPRK

North Korea flexes with SLBM test, and bigger missiles may be coming

North Korea flexes with SLBM test, and bigger missiles may be coming

Test-launch from submarine shows DPRK’s confidence in weapon’s motor and may be a response to Seoul’s recent SLBM test

North Korea flexes with SLBM test, and bigger missiles may be coming
Ankit PandaAnkit Panda October 26, 2021
Arms buildup between two Koreas heightens risk of conventional and nuclear war

Arms buildup between two Koreas heightens risk of conventional and nuclear war

In-depth review of military capabilities on the peninsula underscores obstacles to peace and catastrophic costs of war

Arms buildup between two Koreas heightens risk of conventional and nuclear war
James M. MinnichJames M. Minnich October 25, 2021
How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world

How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world

China promotes itself as a blueprint for North Korea, but the Swiss model may be more attractive for Kim Jong Un

How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world
John PetrushkaJohn Petrushka October 21, 2021
Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China

Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China

Imports of tobacco products far outstrip medicine, even as DPRK's population remains unvaccinated

Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 20, 2021
US Treasury’s sanctions review: What it means for North Korea policy

US Treasury’s sanctions review: What it means for North Korea policy

New report suggests US modernize sanctions regime and better avoid unintended impacts, but observers expect few changes

US Treasury’s sanctions review: What it means for North Korea policy
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll October 19, 2021
North Korea pulls back the curtain on current and future weapon technologies

North Korea pulls back the curtain on current and future weapon technologies

Weapons expo a reminder of how much DPRK has accomplished, and shows what kind of missiles it will test in the future

North Korea pulls back the curtain on current and future weapon technologies
Ankit PandaAnkit Panda October 19, 2021
What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un

What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un

The North Korean leader's ideas for the economy are much narrower and less transformative than is typically portrayed

What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un
David FieldsDavid Fields October 18, 2021
As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap

As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap

Influx of illicit North Korean coal fuels concerns that shipments will continue even after Chinese energy crisis ends

As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 15, 2021
After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors

After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors

Records reveal Ji Da 1 cargo vessel likely sailed under the radar for years on behalf of Pyongyang

After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 13, 2021
New missiles and Kim Jong Un idolatry dominate ‘Self-Defense-2021’ expo

New missiles and Kim Jong Un idolatry dominate ‘Self-Defense-2021’ expo

New details on North Korean missile programs revealed as Kim shown in military uniform and shooting guns

New missiles and Kim Jong Un idolatry dominate ‘Self-Defense-2021’ expo
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko October 12, 2021
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