New North Korea propaganda posters highlight nuclear-tipped missiles


A North Korean flag flies at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

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SEOUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) – North Korea has released new propaganda posters featuring its nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, state media reported on Tuesday, doing so for the first time in years and after the country codified its nuclear policy into law last week.

Two posters depicting the missiles were part of a series issued to encourage North Koreans to implement the goals set out by leader Kim Jong Un in a political speech last week, the official KCNA news agency reported.

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The posters stressed the need to “make the armed forces of the republic more powerful by giving top priority to strengthening national defense capabilities”, KCNA said.

It was the first time in about five years that new posters featured nuclear weapons, according to the NK News website, which tracks North Korea.

In 2018, North Korea removed numerous anti-American and military-themed posters as Kim attended summits with then-US President Donald Trump and other world leaders.

Since diplomacy stalled in 2019, historic anti-American themes have crept back into public displays.

Photos released by KCNA show that the posters do not mention the United States, but display a number of North Korea’s latest missiles, including its Hwasong-15 and Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

The posters include slogans calling for national defense to be a top national priority and for missiles to show the country’s prosperity.

This year North Korea resumed ICBM testing for the first time since 2017, and international observers say it appears to be preparing for a nuclear test.

Other posters featured a range of economic sectors, including forestry, fishing, construction and consumer goods.

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Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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