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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Scales Mount Paektu on Horseback; See Pics

Politics | Associated Press | October 16, 2019, 7:49 pm
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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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