The Korean crisis: North Korea’s aggressive postures

  • North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises firing drills on 5 April. Following the US-South Korea annual military drills, on 30 March, North said it is entering a “state of war” with South. Reuters/KCNANorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises firing drills on 5 April. Following the US-South Korea annual military drills, on 30 March, North said it is entering a “state of war” with South. Reuters/KCNA
  • A military dog bites a dummy of South Korean defence minister Kim Kwan-jin on 6 April. On 2 April, North Korea announced the restarting of Yongbyon reactor and the next day it blocked South workers from Kaesong industrial zone. Reuters/KCNAA military dog bites a dummy of South Korean defence minister Kim Kwan-jin on 6 April. On 2 April, North Korea announced the restarting of Yongbyon reactor and the next day it blocked South workers from Kaesong industrial zone. Reuters/KCNA
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discusses the strike plan with North Korean officers on 29 March. North Korea on 5 April said that it cannot guarantee safety of foreign embassies. AFP/KCNA.North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un discusses the strike plan with North Korean officers on 29 March. North Korea on 5 April said that it cannot guarantee safety of foreign embassies. AFP/KCNA.
  • North Korean soldiers take part in shooting training with images of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin. A news reports on 8 April said South Korea suspects that North could be preparing for another nuclear test. AFP/KCNANorth Korean soldiers take part in shooting training with images of South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-Jin. A news reports on 8 April said South Korea suspects that North could be preparing for another nuclear test. AFP/KCNA
  • North Korean workers return from the Kaesong Industrial Park on 9 April. North Koreans failed to show up at the Kaesong joint industrial zone, after Pyongyang said it was suspending operations at the Seoul-funded complex. AFPNorth Korean workers return from the Kaesong Industrial Park on 9 April. North Koreans failed to show up at the Kaesong joint industrial zone, after Pyongyang said it was suspending operations at the Seoul-funded complex. AFP
  • North Korean students march at the Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang while singing wartime songs in chorus on 17 March. Despite Pyongyang’s sabre rattling, the armistice between the two continues to hold,  AFP/KCNANorth Korean students march at the Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang while singing wartime songs in chorus on 17 March. Despite Pyongyang’s sabre rattling, the armistice between the two continues to hold, AFP/KCNA