Kim Jong-un rides white horse in show of sanctions defiance

'Defiant message' as North Korea's Kim Jong Un rides white horse on sacred mountain

Kim Jong-un jockeys for attention with horse ride up sacred mountain

In his latest foray into nature, Kim took time on the horse to recollect "with deep emotion the road of arduous struggle he covered for the great cause of building the most powerful country with faith and will as firm as Mount Paektu", state media reported.

"All the officials who accompanied him to the top of the mountain felt overflowing emotion and joy and [were] convinced that there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and advance the Korean revolution a step forward".

It said the pain inflicted upon the people is no longer pain, but anger.

"The report in Korean has characterised Kim's climb up to Mount Paektu on horseback as a new "myth", and that, together with the images of him on a white horse, appear to have been designed to create maximum propaganda effect, which I believe media will play up in the days to come", Ms Lee said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 16, 2019. The symbolism goes back to Kim Il Sung, who according to the North's official narrative, rode a white horse while fighting Japanese colonial rulers.

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The fact that netizens were quick to see the similarity between the North Korean leader's photo series and high-profile macho photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin is no surprise.

In separate remarks released Wednesday after a trip to construction sites in nearby Samjiyon county, Kim had a message of defiance for the United States, and a vow that his country would prosper despite global sanctions.

The report also slammed sanctions placed on the regime. blaming hostile forces that praise the USA for the hardships the country faces. and called for greater "self-reliance" efforts to weather through the difficulty.

"But our people grew stronger through the trials and found their own way of development and learned how to always win in the face of trials."
"No matter what persistent efforts the enemy make, we can live well with our own efforts and pave the avenue to development and prosperity in our own way".

North Korea has carried out 11 rounds of missile launches since early May, including the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on October 2. While North Korea argued that talks between the two shut down, the State Department said the "U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions".

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This progress is now at stake as tensions have been rising ever since a failed summit in Vietnam at the end of February between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Pyongyang and Washington restarted working-level talks this month in Sweden only for it to quickly break down, with the North blaming the United States for not giving up its "old attitude".

KCNA said Kim also visited nearby construction sites in Samjiyon County and complained about USA -led United Nations sanctions imposed on his country because of its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump has downplayed the significance of North Korea's recent series of short-range missile tests. Another analyst told Reuters that this would enable the country to show its economic and technological power in a less provocative way than by testing missiles.

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