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Identifying DPRK Machine Plants

Jeffrey Lewis

Generally, KCNA and other North Korean media outlets identify the locations where Kim Jong Un (and, before him, Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung) conduct inspections and provide “on the spot” guidance. These visits are a routine way to signal the regime’s interests and priorities, to show off its achievements, and to highlight the …

The Wisdom of Herb York

Quote of the week: “Small nuclear weapons are like northern Mississippi: there is no such thing, except in a detached theoretical sense.” — Herbert York Herb York is one of the founding fathers of the practice of nuclear arms control. He gained prominence at a very young age as Ernest Lawrence’s choice to become the …

Kim Jong Un’s 2019 New Year’s Day Speech

Jeffrey and Aaron return from the holidays to talk about … North Korea.  Kim Jong Un gave his traditional New Year’s  Day speech. On the first day of 2017, Kim signaled the ICBM test that was to come. And on the first day of 2018, he hinted at the diplomatic thaw that would bring “love …

The Fourth Wave

Lyric of the week: Standing in the middle of nowhere Wondering how to begin Lost between tomorrow and yesterday Between now and then And now we’re back where we started Here we go round again Day after day I get up and I say I better do it again” — The Kinks, “Do It Again” …

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