Propaganda posters depicting controversial North Korean missile capabilities and rockets remain in limited circulation in Pyongyang, a review of observable materials showed on Friday.
Small portrait-shaped banners including an artists rendering of a long-range missile system were seen on a series of designs mounted on lampposts throughout the city.
“Revolutionary general offensive,” the design read, followed by the frequently promoted DPRK refrain of “final victory.”
Street-mounted materials seen by NK News throughout the city were, however, mostly promoting other topics like Kim Jong Un’s leadership, national economic development, and the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.
But while publicly-facing posters including missiles and rockets were in much lower proliferation than in 2017, some were on display at a workplace.
At the Kim Jong Suk silk mill, for example, a large photo of the Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) – which has a range of approximately 3,700km – was hanging in a cafeteria alongside a photo of an unspecified North Korean rocket artillery system.
And a large poster including a prominent design of the DPRK’s Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system was posted outside in a parking lot, a type which many analysts believe can target the entire continental United States.
“Let us achieve fresh victory on all fronts by building a powerful socialist country with a revolutionary general offensive,” the main Korean-language propaganda message on the Hwasong-15 poster read.
The presence of the posters including the Hwasong-15 and Hwasong-12 – both thought to be capable of delivering nuclear warheads – may be an oversight, with the vast majority of designs including missiles have been removed from Pyongyang for several months.
But they also suggest that whatever is agreed in any potential future deal on North Korea’s nuclear program, its missile arsenal will likely remain a mainstay of domestic propaganda.
Meanwhile, North Korea watchers are looking for the potential of Pyongyang using its high-profile military parade to display more ICBMs on Sunday, a move which could lead some to question Pyongyang’s intent surrounding its recent pledge towards denuclearization.
While the Singapore agreement and Panmunjom declaration did not explicitly commit the DPRK to dismantle its missiles and related production facilities, many observers see the issue as being intrinsically linked to denuclearization.
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