Research & Analysis

By Katsuhisa Furukawa on January 14, 2022

The 4th Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) was held in Pyongyang from 27 to 31 December 2021. This paper provides a description of the Central Committee and its mandate, key takeaways from the meeting and concluding observations.


By Tianran Xu on January 14, 2022

State media of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported on 12 January 2022 that the Academy of Defence Science had tested a hypersonic missile on 11 January 2022. This is the first missile launch in which DPRK leader Kim Jong Un has been officially confirmed as having been present since 21 May 2020. This brief is a preliminary analysis based on available information.


By Tianran Xu on January 7, 2022

State media of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported on 6 January 2022 that the Academy of Defence Science had tested a hypersonic missile on 5 January 2022. This is an initial analysis based on available information.


By Xu Tianran on January 5, 2022

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been developing nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and ballistic missile submarines. While numerous articles about the test launch activities and the ballistic missile submarines exist, there appears to be a lack of discussion on how the DPRK leadership might deploy their sea-based strategic assets.


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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