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.
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.
This report is part of our ongoing monitoring project of the Korean Peninsula. This report specifically documents ongoing construction activities at the Yusang-ni missile base in North Korea, which is located approximately 60 kilometers north of Pyongyang. Yusang-ni missile base is suspected of hosting several types of intercontinental ballistic missile systems.
During the State visit of the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in to Washington, D.C. in May 2021, the United States agreed to terminate the 1979 Missile Guidelines.
The 42-year-old guidelines initially limited the range of the ROK’s ballistic missiles to 180 km and their payload to no more than 500 kg. The guidelines were revised in 2001 and 2012, allowing the ROK to develop missiles with ranges of 300 km and 800 km respectively. In 2017, the 500 kg cap for ballistic missile payload was also removed.