Kim Jong Un climbs N. Korea’s highest mountain: state media
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has scaled the country’s highest mountain, staterun media said Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.
A photo of the leader of the isolated state showed a smiling and wind- swept Kim standing on a snow- covered mountaintop, the sun rising behind him.
“Climbing Mt. Paektu provides precious mental pabulum more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon,” the Rodong newspaper quoted Kim as saying.
The story is the latest run by state media on the feats of the Kim dynasty, which has ruled for more than six decades with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult.
Just last week the regime insisted Kim could drive by the time he was three years old, while his late father Kim Jong Il said he had scored an incredible 11 holes- in- one the first time he ever played golf.
The 2,750- meter peak of the volcanic mountain, lying on the border with China, is considered a sacred place in Korean folklore and plays a central role in the propaganda glorifying the Kim family.
Pyongyang’s state hagiography has it that Kim Jong Il was born on the mountain — although many historians say he was born in Russia — and praises the family for their “Mt. Paektu bloodline.”
State- run news service KCNA reported that the young ruler of the impoverished but nucleararmed North scaled Mt. Paektu on Saturday morning along with hundreds of fighter pilots as well as top army and party officials.