AT EASE

Photos: How Kim Jong Un spent his summer while definitely not building missiles

Chill.
Chill.
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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.

Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, (left) visit the Songdowon General Foodstuff Factory.
Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, (left) visit the Songdowon General Foodstuff Factory.
Image: KCNA via Reuters
Kim Jong Un inspects a factory in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Un inspects a factory in Pyongyang.
Image: KCNA via Reuters
Kim tours a nursery in Kangwon Province.
Kim tours a nursery in Kangwon Province.
Image: KCNA via Reuters
At Chungjin schoolbag factory in Pyongyang
At Chungjin schoolbag factory in Pyongyang
Image: KCNA via Reuters
Viewing the product at a fish farm in Pyongyang.
Viewing the product at a fish farm in Pyongyang.
Image: KCNA via Reuters
At a second backpack factory in Pyongyang.
At a second backpack factory in Pyongyang.
Image: KCNA via Reuters