Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as nuke deadline nears

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain on his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported yesterday, as his country is threatening provocation if the United States (US) refuses to make concessions in nuclear diplomacy by year’s end.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released many photos showing Kim taking a horse riding to snow-covered Mount Paektu along with his wife and other top lieutenants, all on white horses.

Kim also climbed the mountain, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, on horseback in mid-October. 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.

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.”

On Monday, Kim visited Samjiyon county at the foot of Mount Paektu to attend a ceremony marking the completion of work that has transformed the town to “an epitome of modern civilisation,” KCNA said.