Bold posters with defiant anti-American messages appeared throughout North Korea this week — depicting such slogans as “No one can stop our march forward!” — amid increasing tensions between the United States and Pyongyang.
One poster, sporting huge blue letters, shows a huge group of missiles heading toward a map of the United States that is in flames, The New York Times reports.
“The entire mainland United States is within our range!” the poster boasts.
In another, red missiles emerge from a North Korean flag — crashing into the U.S. Capitol and destroying the American flag — and saying, “Our answer!”
The state-run KCNA news agency did not explain why “these themes were chosen this time,” the Times reports.
But they were introduced after President Donald Trump’s strong warnings to North Korea, including that Pyongyang would face “fire and fury” from a “locked and loaded” U.S. military if Guam or any ally was struck.
Dictator Kim Jong Un has apparently backed down from his threats to Guam, which Trump has praised as a “wise” decision.
The U.S. and South Korea begins annual joint military exercises on Monday, and KCNA said this week that they would “further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe,” USA Today reports.
“What is typical in these posters is the image of an undaunted, fierce North Korea that is not fazed by the moves by the United States or the United Nations,” Koen de Ceuster, an expert on North Korea at Leiden University in the Netherlands, told Reuters.
“It reinforces the images of the strides North Korea made in missile capability,” he added, “and how North Korea is undaunted by any challenges to its sovereignty.”