Kim Jong Un Trades Missile Tests for Tractors

SEOUL, South Korea — After a summer filled with flaming rockets and an earth-shaking nuclear blast, North Korea’s state media is portraying Kim Jong Un as a leader who has temporarily traded weapons for workshops.

The new portrayal appears designed to build domestic support by delivering on promises to develop the economy alongside the nuclear program and to reassure citizens amid tightening international sanctions.

State media photos released on Wednesday showed Kim examining equipment at a tractor factory, test driving one of the vehicles and laughing with workers, the latest in a stream of photos in the past two months depicting a smiling Kim visiting farms and factories that make shoes, cosmetics, trucks.

Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsong Tractor Factory in Pyongyang in an image released by state-run KCNA on Wednesday.