Kim Jong Un rides a white horse up a holy mountain
During his second symbolic visit in less than two months, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up the holy mountain, the media reported Wednesday.
The symbolic photos come as nuclear talks with the United States come to a halt and with a looming end-of-year period that North Korea has determined for a sort of Washington concession.
The Korean Central News Agency published many photos of Kim, who took his wife Ri Sol-ju and other lieutenants on a snow-capped mountain of Paektu, all on white horses.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse while he and his wife visit Ri Sol-ju combat sites on Mount Paektu in Ryanggang, released by KCNA on December 4
Kim Jong Un rides a horse alongside his wife Ri Sol-ju while visiting combat locations on Mount Paektu
The Korean Central News Agency has released many photos where Kim takes a horse ride to the snow-capped Mount Paektu with his wife and other lieutenants, all on white horses
Analysts say Kim's photos on Mount Paektu – a physically dramatic location that is ubiquitous in North Korean images – represent assertions of leadership and legitimacy, given the historical background.
He usually visits trips once or twice a year that are sometimes seen as indicators of policy changes.
Kim went to the area in November 2013, prior to his cleansing and execution of his once powerful uncle Jang Song-thaek.
He climbed the mountain in December 2017, shortly before the diplomatic rapprochement that led to his summit in Singapore with Donald Trump – the first between North and US leaders.
Kim also climbed the mountain on horseback mid-October, the highest peak on the Korean peninsula.
Analysts say Kim's photos on Mount Paektu – a physically dramatic location that is ubiquitous in North Korean images – represent assertions of leadership and legitimacy, given the historical background
Leader Kim visits combat locations on the snow-covered mountain Paektu together with other lieutenants
Kim visits the area of Mount Paektu. North Korea says that leader Kim made a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months
Mount Paektu and white horses are symbols that are associated with the dynastic rule of the Kim family. Kim made previous visits there before he made important decisions.
Kim said that & # 39; we should always live and work in the offensive spirit of Paektu & # 39 ;, says KCNA. & # 39; The imperialists and class enemies are making a more frantic attempt to undermine our party's ideological, revolutionary and class positions. & # 39;
On Monday, Kim visited Samjiyon province at the foot of Mount Paektu to attend a ceremony that marked the completion of the work that transformed the city into & # 39; a paragon of modern civilization & # 39 ;, said KCNA . It said the city has a museum about the Kim family, a ski slope, cultural centers, a school, a hospital, and factories.
Samjiyon was one of the most important construction projects that Kim launched in an effort to improve the livelihood of his people and to strengthen his rule at home. The building process has also been seen as a demonstration of his power in the light of international sanctions that must put pressure on his economy and cause him to give up his nuclear program.
Kim and other lieutenants walk along bridges in the snowy Mount Paektu area in photos full of symbolism
Kim visits Mount Paektu next to the best lieutenants. Kim said that & # 39; we should always live and work in the offensive spirit of Paektu & # 39 ;, says KCNA
Kim talks to lieutenants while he visits the area of Mount Paektu. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the North warned Tuesday that it is entirely up to the United States to choose which & # 39; Christmas gift & # 39; it gets from the North
The latest mountain trip comes as an end-of-year limit set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to save nuclear diplomacy. Negotiations remain stationary for months, with North Korea trying to obtain major sanctions and external security guarantees in exchange for partial denuclearization steps.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the North warned Tuesday that it is entirely up to the United States to choose which & # 39; Christmas gift & # 39; it gets from the North. North Korean officials have previously said whether North Korea is lifting its moratorium on long-range missiles and nuclear testing is dependent on actions taken by the US.
Last week, North Korea tested projectiles of what it was a & # 39; super-sized & # 39; multiple rocket launcher, the army of South Korea said it landed in the waters off the east coast of the north.
Kim stops for a photo while visiting Mount Paektu. The latest mountain trip comes as an end-of-year limit set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to save nuclear diplomacy on the way
KCNA said Wednesday that the ruling Workers Party will hold a central committee meeting at the end of December to address unspecified & # 39; crucial issues & # 39; to be discussed in accordance with & # 39; the changed situation at home and abroad & # 39 ;. It is unclear which specific agendas are at stake.
Many experts say it is unlikely that the United States will make new proposals that would satisfy North Korea.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Kim to keep what he described as a promise to denuclearize the north. Trump and Kim have met three times since North Korea started nuclear negotiations last year.
"My relationship with Kim Jong Un is really good, but that doesn't mean he won't keep to the agreements … he said he will undergo denuclearization," Trump said during a visit to London. & # 39; Now we have the most powerful army we have ever had, and we are by far the most powerful country in the world and hopefully we don't have to use it. But if we do that, we will use it. & # 39;
Trump has also revived a nickname he had previously given to Kim when he traded rough insults and threats of destruction during a provocative run in North Korean nuclear and missile testing in 2017.
Kim & # 39; likes to send rockets up, doesn't it? & # 39; Trump said. & # 39; That's why I call him Rocket Man. & # 39;