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.
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.
A photograph released by the Korean Central News Agency, the North’s state news agency, shows a beaming Mr. Kim surrounded by military officers reportedly taken at the launch site, a clear sign of his personal involvement in the exercise.
If the smile on Mr. Kim’s face does not clearly indicate his pleasure with the country’s latest “muscle flexing,” as K.C.N.A. put it, the agency made clear that he “expressed great satisfaction over the successful launching.” The test was part of a broader plan for “containing Guam,” a United States territory in the Pacific.
Not to be outdone, the South Koreans returned fire on Tuesday with their own saber-rattling threats and camera-shaking video of test missile launches and warplanes conducting target practice.
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