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Is North Korean leader primed to trade missiles for tractors?

Despite his belligerence, Kim Jong Un cannot ignore looming food crisis

Kim Jong Un, center, who has begun redistributing military resources to people in rural areas, participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm in South Hamgyong Province, on Feb. 18. (Korean Central News Agency/Reuters)

TOKYO -- While the world was transfixed by the tense Ukraine situation during the Beijing Winter Olympics, North Korea laid low and did not test-fire a single missile, holding off until Sunday. This may well have been at China's behest, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was also busy jump-starting economic development in the country's impoverished rural areas.

It is believed that the projectile North Korea fired over the weekend was a ballistic missile. The shot broke about a monthlong hiatus since Pyongyang's seventh missile test this year, on Jan. 30.

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