On the Attempts to Return North Korea to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism


On September 29, 2016, the US Congress passed an act on Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism, overcoming the veto of Barack Obama. Although the act is…

The End of North Korea’s Nuclear Program?


On September 27, 2016, the North Korean Embassy in the Russian Federation circulated a series of articles stating that North Korea had “basically completed” development of nuclear weapons, which are now fully ready for practical application…

Flooding in North Korea and South Korea’s reaction


In late August-early September 2016, the north-eastern regions of North Korea suffered from floods caused by typhoon Lion Rock and heavy rains. From August 29 to September 2, the level of precipitation in the North Hamgyong…

Korean Fifth Nuclear Test: Interim Results of the Response


Almost every time there is an aggravation of the Korean crisis, it is always possible to predict the actions of the majority of the parties involved, to a certain extent. This time, the situation currently unfolding is, once…

When Will the News About North Korean Missile Launches Won’t be News Anymore?


The news about the fifth nuclear test in the DRRK have overshadowed some earlier reports on the development of the North Korean missile program, yet the latter should hardly be disregarded because of…

“Mass Exodus” of North Koreans: a Reality or Myth?


Summer 2016 was marked by a series of high-profile defections from North Korea. Unlike the story with the waitresses, they can hardly be classified as provocations. The defection of Thae Yong-ho, the North Korean Deputy Ambassador…

North Korea launches SLBMs again


On August 24, 2016, North Korea conducted another launch of a submarine launched ballistic missile. The missile was launched at 5.30 local time and covered a distance of about 500 km and fell into the Sea of Japan (In Korea…

What is behind the Reduction in the Ration Allowance in North Korea?


We have written several times about the “inevitable famine in North Korea” but, regrettably, this discussion arises again and again. This time, the news concerns a sharp reduction in the state ration. As the Voice of America…

Korea: Once Again, Lost in Canards


After the scandal of the “escaped waitresses”, South Korean media spread some telling news. According to Yonhap News Agency (citing “an anonymous source well informed about the situation in North Korea”), the North Korean intelligence…

On the Renewal of North Korea’s Plutonium Program


On August 17, the Japanese Kyodo News Agency reported that the graphite reactor in Yongbyon had resumed processing nuclear fuel for the production of weapons-grade plutonium, referring to the Nuclear Energy Research Institute of…

Korea: Large Construction Baloney


On August 10, 2016, a number of media rebroadcast the sensational news by the British newspaper The Telegraph: “The regime’s new crime – North Korean builders who are erecting a 70-story skyscraper…

The Launch of Rodong and its Possible Political Fallout


On August 3, 2016 at 7:50 am local time, the United States Strategic Command recorded the launch of two North Korean medium-range Rodong missiles from the territory of South Hwanghae Province. One of the missiles exploded…

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