Research & Analysis

Construction Activities Near Chamjin Missile Factory and Suspected Uranium Enrichment Site in Kangson
By Katsuhisa Furukawa on December 3, 2021

This report analyses the construction work observed in 2020-2021 near the DPRK’s key missile factory and the site of the suspected uranium enrichment facility.


Institutions Relevant To Ballistic Missile Development In Myanmar
By Xu Tianran on November 29, 2021

This report focuses on institutions in Myanmar that might potentially be capable of developing components subject to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) or the Hague Code of Conduct.


By Tianran Xu on October 21, 2021

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.


By Tianran Xu on October 20, 2021

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.


Update on Preliminary Analysis of 30 September 2021 Anti-Aircraft Missile Test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
By Tianran Xu on October 12, 2021

On 1 October 2021, ONN published a preliminary analysis of the DPRK’s 30 September 2021 anti-aircraft missile test.


Observations on the 28 September 2021 Hypersonic Missile Test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
By Tianran Xu on October 7, 2021

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported that, in the morning of 28 September 2021, the Academy of Defence Science tested a hypersonic missile referred to as a Hwasong-8. Below are initial observations based on information released by KCNA.

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Preliminary Analysis of 30 September 2021 Anti-Aircraft Missile Test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
By Tianran Xu on October 2, 2021

On 1 October 2021, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported that the Academy of Defence Science tested a newly developed anti-aircraft missile (see Attachment). The test, which took place on 30 September, also marked the fourth missile test of the DPRK within the same month.

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The first DPRK missile launch from a rail-mobile launcher
By Tianran Xu, Jaewoo Shin, Katsuhisa Furukawa on September 17, 2021

The piece analyses the two ballistic missile launches from a rail-mobile launcher that the DPRK conducted on 15 September 2021.


By Tianran Xu on September 14, 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.


Assessment of the Impact of August 2021 Rainfall and Flooding in the DPRK
By Tianran Xu, Katsuhisa Furukawa, Veronika Bedenko, Jaewoo Shin on September 13, 2021

Analysis of the damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in August 2021 in the DPRK.


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