North Korea isn’t exactly committed to complete denuclearization, it seems: new satellite images show evidence (paywall) of increased activity at facilities that are known to produce ballistic missiles.
The Washington Post’s latest reporting flies in the face of Donald Trump’s assurance after his June summit with Kim Jong Un:
The revelations also provide interesting context for a Wall Street Journal report that Kim has been trying to characterize himself as a more humane, well-rounded leader in recent weeks.
He has been seen in North Korea’s less-prosperous north, a rarity for him. He has been visiting farmers, fisheries, snack factories, and makers of children’s backpacks. All a far cry from observing nuclear tests.
State media photos show Kim, often in a more relaxed white ensemble, sometimes with a wide-brimmed hat, appearing as more benevolent paternal figure—as opposed to a Mao-suited maximum leader overseeing a military parade.