On 20 October 2021, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported that its Defence Science Institute conducted a test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October. This is a preliminary brief on the test launch.
On 11 October 2021, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a defence development exhibition entitled “Self-Defence-2021” in Pyongyang to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The exhibition offered a rare glimpse into the depth and ingenuity of the DPRK’s arms build-up.
Summary of Findings:
The exhibition shows that:
On 1 October 2021, ONN published a preliminary analysis of the DPRK’s 30 September 2021 anti-aircraft missile test.
The piece analyses the two ballistic missile launches from a rail-mobile launcher that the DPRK conducted on 15 September 2021.
Briefing on the test launches of the "new type long-range cruise missile" on 11 and 12 September 2021 September 2021 in the DPRK.
Analysis of the damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in August 2021 in the DPRK.
This report is the first in a series of reports on ballistic missile/space launch vehicle development in the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan, China, with a focus on institutions that are capable of producing components that could be subject to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) or the Hague Code of Conduct.
The report analyses information available in the open source domain about the DPRK’s food insecurity.
In the monitoring report on the 50 MWe Reactor at Yongbyon from 9 July 2021, ONN noted that the roof of one of the buildings adjacent to the main reactor hall had been removed.1 The scale of the reported activity appeared to be larger than the previously reported instances in 2018 and 2019. However, the nature of the recent activity remained unclear. ONN subsequently consulted a number of technical and satellite imagery analysis experts in an effort to identify what the recent activity could mean.
The Chamjin Missile Factory, also known as the Thaesong Machine Plant, is an important facility for ballistic missile production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Recent satellite imagery shows new construction activities on the premises of the factory’s main compound.