Kim Jong Un climbs N. Korea’s high­est moun­tain: state me­dia

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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