Author Archives: Scott LaFoy

DPRK’s New Frigates: What are they good for?

A slight update has been posted here. It does not replace this original post and only adds on an additional anti-ship missile option. Just a short update this week. Recently Joe Bermudez wrote in an article for 38 North about … Continue reading

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Looming Maritime Conflict in Korea Bay

Important corrections have been posted here, new information was brought to our attention shortly after this article was posted, and the update, not this original article, should  be read for data and conclusions.  As DPRK-Mongolian oil ties develop, the potential … Continue reading

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A Crude Relationship

Mongolia and the DPRK are continuing to develop their economic relationship in a very crude way. Namely, in the trade of oil and refined petroleum products. In a previous post, we took a brief look at the petroleum-based power plant … Continue reading

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South Korea Goes Ballistic

This post is a slight tangent from our normal content, but an announcement on April 4th caught my eye and I couldn’t resist writing about it. I’ve previously worked on projects dealing with ballistic missiles in East Asia and China’s … Continue reading

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Energy Generation in Rason

Over the past few years, Rason has become a major focus for China/Russia/DPRK investments and has frequently been discussed in cross-border research papers like Sino-NK’s Tumen Triangle Projects. Despite the limelight, one critical area that has been glossed over is … Continue reading

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Working in Tourism, Farming Bombs, Divining Opacity

Marcus Noland is angry and so is Chad O’Carroll. While we think Noland was a little too flippant and harsh on the founder of NK News (and we endorse civil discussions), the “grumpy old man” does make some interesting points … Continue reading

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