January and February were busy months for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his top officials, dominated as they were by preparations for the then-upcoming DPRK-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
But while their leadership was preoccupied with that make-or-break meeting, photos taken last month in North Korea reveal that the situation on the ground continues largely as normal.
In the capital, a boom in construction continues, and citizens brave the freezing conditions to enjoy the increasing consumer choices available to them. And, on the streets, it appears that anti-American propaganda, once a mainstay of Pyongyang’s boulevards, remains out of site — for now at least.
Further north in the city of Sinuiju and across the border in Dandong, security in customs and along the Yalu river appears increasingly strict as the UN Security Council’s “toughest ever” sanctions enter their second year.
All photos credit to NK News