New North Korea propaganda posters highlight nuclear-tipped missiles

It was the first time in about five years that new posters have featured nuclear weapons. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - 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 in law last week.

Two posters featuring the missiles were among those in a series released to encourage North Koreans to implement goals outlined by leader Kim Jong Un in a policy speech last week, state news agency KCNA reported.

North Korea has enshrined the right to use preemptive nuclear strikes to protect itself in a new law that Mr Kim said makes its nuclear status "irreversible" and bars denuclearisation talks, KCNA reported last Friday.

The posters underscored the need to "make the armed forces of the Republic more powerful by giving top priority to the building of the national defence capacity", KCNA said.

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

In 2018, North Korea removed many anti-American and military themed posters as Mr Kim engaged in summits with then-US president Donald Trump and other world leaders.

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

Photos released by KCNA show 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 defence to be a top national priority, and that missiles show the country's prosperity.

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

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

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