North Korea: A Nuclear Year in Review and Your Personal VR Tour

In 2016, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program shifted from developing a nuclear capability in the abstract to deploying a nuclear-armed force of ballistic missiles. North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests and conducted two nuclear explosions. And a new 3D model of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests many more may be on the way.  Learn more in a new article from Center for Nonproliferation Studies experts, Jeffrey Lewis and Nathan Taylor.

This year was very active for the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. The country conducted 24 missile launches and two nuclear tests, a record number on both accounts. The authors constructed a 3D replica of the country's underground nuclear test site at Mount Mantap and from this were able to deduce that it is built and well poised for further testing, which are expected in 2017. The authors were also able to see the striking similarities between this site and the P-Tunnel at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site where the U.S. conducted its nuclear tests. 

Want to Visit North Korea?

Visitors can take a tour of Punggye-ri and Mantap Mountain here, or make the experience more realistic by using the virtual reality option (Google Cardboard headset required)! 

Want to know more about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs?

NTI and CNS have extensive resources for reporters and analysts looking for background information on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Check out these links for more information:

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December 20, 2016
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In 2016, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program shifted in an important way, from developing a nuclear capability in the abstract to deploying a nuclear-armed force of ballistic missiles. A new 3D model of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests many more may be on the way.

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