Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This Photo Reveals A Lot On North Korea’s Nuclear Program

An undated picture provided on 09 March 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. Korean Central News Agency

National Post/New York Times: What one photo reveals about North Korea’s nuclear program — more than Kim Jong Un intended

Some images might look silly, but they can be rich with insights into the country’s military and politics. By using high-tech forensics and traditional detective work, analysts and intelligence agencies can use photos to track North Korea’s internal politics and expanding weapons programs with stunning granularity.

Several experts walked us through a photo of Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, unveiling what he claimed was a new nuclear device. But the image, from March 2016, may show more than Kim intended: the possible range of the missile behind him, his relationship with the military, even his precise location.

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WNU Editor: An excellent analysis. One more reason why I should pay closer attention to the photos that are posted.