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38 North is a web journal intended to provide high-quality research, analysis and commentary on a broad range of topics related to North Korea. It draws on experts and academics with a legacy of proven experience and/or exposure to North Korea(ns)--academics, analysts, NGOs, IGOs, former government officials and diplomats, etc.--to help assess what we know about the DPRK at any given time. For the latest analysis from 38 North, visit www.38north.org.

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Research and Analysis

April 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Relations between Japan and South Korea have descended to a new low.

April 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz

March 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Taeyong Cho

Some observers in Seoul, deeply troubled by the outcome of the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, feared that the Hanoi Summit might produce an agreement that only partially addressed North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat and that the US would provide too much compensation to North Korea in

March 13, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu, Peter Makowsky and Jenny Town. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri) shows no changes to the launch pad or engine test stand between March 8 and March 13.

March 12, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

"In this political environment, it is difficult to see how the United States and North Korea prevent talks from deteriorating into a negative loop of provocation and reaction."  

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Joel S. Wit , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Stimson Center's 38 North project, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has created a snapshot of the DPRK's coal industry published on Tearline, the NGA's

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On the eve of the second summit between the top leaders of the US and North Korea in Hanoi, most attention is focused on what might be the concrete substance/steps of North Korea’s denuclearization and the reciprocal measures that the US will offer in return that come out of the summit.

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

The past few days have been filled with reports that North Korea is rebuilding partially dismantled facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri) and speculation that it might be preparing to renew testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu, Irv Buck and Jenny Town

March 6, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drew to an early close when the two leaders realized they were nowhere near to be able to sign any agreement.

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam.

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Jenny Town

February 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

We now know that President Trump is not only a practitioner of the “madman theory” of international politics but also at the negotiating table.

February 22, 2019 | EXPERT: Martyn Williams

It has been two and a half years since North Korean TV showcased a new IP streaming television service called “Manbang” (만방). Since then, it occasionally appears in state media but it’s still largely a mystery.
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