The international community has long understood that North Korea is a little “off”, but even the most well-versed students of global rhetoric would be hard pressed to have seen this coming.
As Kim Jong Un prepares for what the hermit kingdom is calling a “great operation”, the dainty dictator has taken to horseback in order to make a sacred ascent, signaling some sort of spiritual journey toward action.
In the photos released by state news agency 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.
“Having witnessed the great moments of his thinking atop Mt Paektu, all the officials accompanying him were convinced with overflowing emotion and joy that there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution.”
It was unclear what the operation might involve, but Kim has often made trips to the sacred mountain at times of major policy endeavours.
The photos must be seen to be fully believed.
Kim Jong Un rides a white horse up North Korea’s most sacred mountain https://t.co/ECV1rTISfi pic.twitter.com/PUymv6S4M5
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 16, 2019
Kim has long been defiant toward the United States, despite several attempt by US President Donald Trump to engage the North Korean government and bring them back into the international fold.