Kim Jong Un. Photo: Reuters
Kim Jong Un. Photo: Reuters

Kim jockeys for attention with horseback ride

Kim has often made trips to Mt Paektu at times of major policy endeavours

Aides to Kim Jong Un are convinced the North Korean leader plans “a great operation", state media said on Wednesday in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of the leader riding a white horse up North Korea’s most sacred mountain.

In the photos released by KCNA, Kim is seen riding alone on a large white horse through snowy fields and woods on Mt Paektu, the spiritual homeland of the Kim dynasty. “His march on horseback in Mt Paektu is a great event of weighty importance in the history of the Korean revolution," KCNA said.

It was unclear what the operation might involve, but Kim has often made trips to the sacred mountain at times of major policy endeavours.

Analysts say the symbolism underscores North Korea standing up to international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

In late 2017, Kim visited Mt Paektu days after North Korea launched its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, and weeks before he made a key New Year’s speech in which he opened the door to engagement with South Korea.

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