Satellite Views of the Hermit Kingdom: New Perspectives on North Korea

Satellite Views of the Hermit Kingdom: New Perspectives on North Korea

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Thomas Cochran and Mathew McKinzie, senior scientitsts with the Natural Resources Defense Council, have analyzed more than one hundred high-resolution satellite images of North Korea to better understand this secretive society and its military capabilities. 

They have assembled all this data into an amazing computerized map that allows the viewr to get a sense of street traffic, public architecture and of the overall level of industrialization.  They also reveal underground facilities capable of housing aircraft and submarines.  Knowing the locations of facilities allowed NRDC to model the effects of nuclear earth-penetrating weapons against "real" targets.  These computer simulations of nuclear conflict are featured in this event. 

North Korea is an urgent non-proliferation and foreign policy problem for President Bush's second administration.  High-resolution images provide a unique window into the complex security situation of 2005.