Research & Analysis

analysis of kim jong un's 75th anniversary speech
By Veronika Bedenko, Clayton Besaw, Jaewoo Shin on October 27, 2020

Following the 2020 parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea where DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un delivered his congratulatory address to the nation, ONN performed a detailed analysis of his speech. Using qualitative and quantitative methods of text and sentiment analysis, the article determines how unique the 2020 address was compared to all the previous speeches given by the North Korean leader.


North Korea New ICBM analysis on Datayo.org
By Melissa Hanham, Matthew Frank, Xu Tianran, Katsuhisa Furukawa on October 16, 2020

North Korea’s 75th Anniversary parade showed off an abundance of new military hardware, including a new ICBM over 25m in length. Analysts from the Open Nuclear Network breakdown what it means for the region and the US, and how this new weapon brings a destabilizing new challenge to nuclear risk reduction.


North Korea October 10, 2020 Parade Missiles
By Open Nuclear Network on October 13, 2020

This is a viewbook prepared following the DPRK's military parade held on 10 October 2020 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The main focus of this viewbook is to provide updates on DPRK's ballistic missile systems based on observations from the parade. It also includes some heavy artillery pieces and air defense systems that have been presented during previous parades.


Viewbook on DPRK ballistic missile systems
By Open Nuclear Network on October 9, 2020

This is a viewbook prepared in anticipation of a military parade likely to be held on or around 10 October 2020 by the DPRK in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The main focus of this viewbook is on the DPRK’s ballistic missile systems, but it also includes some heavy artillery pieces and air defense systems that have been presented during previous parades.


How Nuclear Talks with the DPRK Could Resume
By Jee Lee on September 17, 2020

South Korea’s chief negotiator at the Six Party Talks, Amb. Chun Yung-woo, has joined ONN’s Engagement Network. In this two part series, he sits down with Jee Lee to discuss approaches to engage North Korea and reminisces about what he’s learned in previous negotiations.


By Jee Lee on September 9, 2020

South Korea’s chief negotiator at the Six Party Talks, Amb. Chun Yung-woo, has joined ONN’s Engagement Network. In this two part series, he sits down with Jee Lee to discuss approaches to engage North Korea and reminisces about what he’s learned in previous negotiations.


By Clayton Besaw on August 7, 2020

Building off of Datayo’s topic modeling toolkit, we break down North Korea’s official English news media by sentiment. First we explore how sentiment patterns manifest within the entire English language news corpus from 1996 to 2020. Then we look at how sentiment patterns manifest within a set of articles related to our previously identified nuclear weapons topic. 


electoral forecasting
By Matthew Frank on July 26, 2020

This report introduces a new forecasting tool that uses structural data in order to make predictions of the outcome of elections on a global scale, complementing most existing election forecasting tools which are country-specific.


By Xu Tianran on June 29, 2020

This article tries to give a general idea of the technological level of North Korean nuclear weapon’s miniaturization in a bid to better understand the nuclear threat North Korea poses to the region and the globe. Through examining limited open-source materials the author tries to establish a rough estimate on the size and weight of North Korea’s nuclear bombs. 


Leafleting in North Korea
By Jee Abbey Lee on June 25, 2020

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, this report explains the practice of leafleting -- focusing on why it is such a big point of contention for North Korea. Private leaflets coming from the South Korea side of the border are seen as a demoralising insult for Pyongyang. When the North Korean public is exposed to detailed or even inflated information about the Kim family, it may lead to questioning the nature of its leadership -- a de facto theocracy.


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