Rachel Minyoung Lee is a senior analyst at NK Pro. Prior to joining NK Pro, she worked as a senior North Korean media analyst for the U.S. Government. She is also a trained translator of North Korean media propaganda into English.
Shift in North Korea’s criticism from South Korea to the U.S. seems to be a tactical move prior to talks resumption
The DPRK leader stepped-up military visits as Pak Pong Ju returned to regular economic inspections
KCNA stresses technological perfection and leadership support for weapons programs
DPRK expresses continued interest in diplomacy, but warns of weapons development and deployment
Unusual emphasis on “modernization” and “ground military operations” suggests plans to bolster artillery
Language in state media suggests Pyongyang may continue to engage in high-profile shows-of-force
Thursday's missile test is part of a broader shift towards a hardening stance
Apparent increased interest in arms buildup escalates pressure on U.S. while state media focuses on defense rather than offense
Statements leave room for diplomacy to continue, though appear to reflect a hardening position
June was dominated by high-level summitry and the return of high-level officials amid "purge" reports
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