North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released October 16, 2019. Aides to Kim are convinced the North Korean leader plans “a great operation,” state media said in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of Kim riding a white horse through snowy fields and woods on North Korea’s most sacred mountain, the spiritual homeland of the Kim dynasty. Kim has often made trips to the mountain at times of major policy endeavors. Analysts say the symbolism underscores North Korea standing up to international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
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