With the United States and North Korea locking horns like almost never before since the Korean War, the two countries appear to be on an increasingly irreversible collision course.
U.S. statements since North Korea’s September 3rd hydrogen bomb test have been growing tougher by the day, and rhetoric appears to now suggest military options are being considered with unprecedented levels of attention.
But while fears of corresponding nuclear war among parts of America mean sales of bomb shelters are booming, how are North Koreans responding to the increasingly sharp rhetoric from the White House about their country?
On the one hand official state media has – especially since the 6th nuclear test – shown citizens rallying with increasing frequency to defy the U.S. at central locations like Kim Il Sung square. On the other, vox-pop interviews broadcast via North Korean TV news have spotlighted anger about supposed double-standards and increasingly sharp disdain towards President Trump.
But beneath the state media, how does the situation appear to be impacting the lives of normal North Koreans?
Photos taken this September across four North Korean cities shows that despite the increasing tensions, life appears to be ticking on mostly as normal – as is nearly always the case in South Korea during similar circumstances.
But a closer look indicates the global situation does appear to be having some impact, with new anti-American propaganda signs emerging, gas stations closed in some towns as a result of probable shortages, and power problems appearing especially bad in towns like Kaesong.
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