North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Activity Spotted

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian and Jack Liu.

Recent commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows no activity around the former tunnel portal areas. There are no signs of site restoration or vehicles tracking in the snow. Only a few minor personnel tracks can be observed in the vicinity of the old Administrative Support Area.

Figure 1. No vehicle tracks near portal areas.

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Figure 2. Personnel tracking visible at the Main Administrative Area.

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The Command Center, which remains intact, and its nearby support area appear to be well maintained. There are no clear signs of any recent personnel or vehicular activity.

Figure 3. No activity at the Command Center.

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