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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un & His Wife Scale Mount Paektu on Horseback; See Pics

Politics | Associated Press | December 4, 2019, 7:49 am
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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain on his second symbolic visit in less than two months as his country is threatening provocation if the United States refuses to make concessions in nuclear diplomacy by year’s end. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain on his second symbolic visit in less than two months as his country is threatening provocation if the United States refuses to make concessions in nuclear diplomacy by year’s end. (Image: AP)

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 The Korean Central News Agency released many photos showing Kim taking a horse riding to snow-covered Mount Paektu along with his wife and other top lieutenants, also on white horses. Kim also climbed the mountain, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, on horseback in mid-October. (Image: AP)
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The Korean Central News Agency released many photos showing Kim taking a horse riding to snow-covered Mount Paektu along with his wife and other top lieutenants, also on white horses. Kim also climbed the mountain, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, on horseback in mid-October. (Image: AP)

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 Mount Paektu and white horses are symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. Kim has made previous visits there before making major decisions. (Image: AP)
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Mount Paektu and white horses are symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. Kim has made previous visits there before making major decisions. (Image: AP)

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 Kim said that “we should always live and work in the offensive spirit of Paektu,” according to KCNA. “The imperialists and class enemies make a more frantic attempt to undermine the ideological, revolutionary and class positions of our party.” (Image: AP)
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Kim said that “we should always live and work in the offensive spirit of Paektu,” according to KCNA. “The imperialists and class enemies make a more frantic attempt to undermine the ideological, revolutionary and class positions of our party.” (Image: AP)

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 The latest trip comes as a year-end deadline set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to salvage nuclear diplomacy is approaching. The negotiations remain stalled for months, with North Korea trying to win major sanctions relief and outside security assurances in return for partial denuclearization steps. (Image: AP)
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The latest trip comes as a year-end deadline set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to salvage nuclear diplomacy is approaching. The negotiations remain stalled for months, with North Korea trying to win major sanctions relief and outside security assurances in return for partial denuclearization steps. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mount Paektu area, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mount Paektu area, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un riding on a white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un riding on a white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks to lieutenants during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has taken a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks to lieutenants during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has taken a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to surmount US-led sanctions on his country alongside evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse seen as foretelling significant decisions as his own deadline for US movement on nuclear talks is nearing. The images in his country's official media showed a bespectacled Kim, clad in a light brown coat, climbing a snow-covered Mount Paektu on horseback. The location and the animal are both symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. The highest point on the Korean Peninsula is sacred to North Koreans, and Kim has visited it before making previous major decisions such as the 2013 execution of his powerful uncle and his 2018 entrance into diplomacy with Seoul and Washington. These images and Kim's comments were released days after his country's first nuclear negotiations with the US in more than seven months fell apart. Take a look...<br /><br />North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to surmount US-led sanctions on his country alongside evocative propaganda images of him riding a white horse seen as foretelling significant decisions as his own deadline for US movement on nuclear talks is nearing. The images in his country's official media showed a bespectacled Kim, clad in a light brown coat, climbing a snow-covered Mount Paektu on horseback. The location and the animal are both symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. The highest point on the Korean Peninsula is sacred to North Koreans, and Kim has visited it before making previous major decisions such as the 2013 execution of his powerful uncle and his 2018 entrance into diplomacy with Seoul and Washington. These images and Kim's comments were released days after his country's first nuclear negotiations with the US in more than seven months fell apart. Take a look...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, North Korea. (Image: AP)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Image: Reuters)

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