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Yongbyon Enrichment Plant

Jeffrey Lewis

North Korea is expanding its uranium enrichment plant at Yongbyon. We suspect this is related to Kim Jong Un’s announcement that North Korea will “push ahead with the production of super-sized nuclear warheads.” This analysis is the subject of a story by CNN’s Zachary Cohen, “Satellite images reveal North Korea expanding facility used to produce …

Not Lackin’ LACMs

The DPRK tested a cruise missile, but this time it was a big one. Like “INF Treaty” big, if that term still meant anything.  The DPRK announced that it launched a 1500 km range cruise missile, after months of hints that a strategic nuclear-capable cruise missile was in the works. While it technically does not …

Hope and Stiltgrass

Quote of the Week “As a special field of horticulture, a garden exclusively of ferns presents a powerful challenge to skill in soil culture and landscape design.” — “Ferns in the Flower Garden” by H. Lincoln Foster in Ferns, The Roger Tory Peterson Field Guide, 1963 edition. Note to readers: Veteran followers of these posts …

Boiling Fish at Yongbyon

Looks like Yongbyon is running a little hot. The IAEA has announced that it believes the DPRK is conducting a plutonium reprocessing campaign at Yongbyon.  Jeffrey and Aaron discuss why the DPRK would want to do this. What could the mystery be? Why would the DPRK reprocess plutonium? For nukes. It’s for nukes. Basically like …

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