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After Missile Tests, North and South Korea Wage War of Pictures

Tit-for-tat tension on the Korean Peninsula is often described as “a war of words,” but just as frequently it is a war of pictures, too.

North Korea’s test on Tuesday of an intermediate-range missile that flew for 1,700 miles and passed over Japan before crashing into the sea was the latest provocation by the isolated government in Pyongyang.


North Korea’s state news agency on Wednesday released photos of the intermediate-range missile it launched over Japan the day before. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Following the missile test, and fired with similarly homespun precision, was a volley of propaganda from North Korea that included photos of the launch and Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader.

North Korea has used images to project strength and signal developments in its nuclear program, and the images have helped experts understand whether the country could hit the United States with a nuclear weapon.

A photograph released this week by the Korean Central News Agency, the North’s state news agency, shows a beaming Mr. Kim surrounded by military officers and was reportedly taken at the launch site, a clear sign of his personal involvement in the exercise.

Source: NYT > World

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