Kim again rides horse up mountain as nuke deadline nears


This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, riding on white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. North Korea says leader Kim has taken a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has taken a second ride on a white horse to a sacred mountain in less than two months.

The Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday released photos showing Kim riding a white horse to snow-covered Mount Paektu along with his wife and other officials, also on white horses.

The mountain is the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, and Kim has previously went there before making major decisions.

The latest trip comes as a year-end deadline set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to salvage nuclear diplomacy is approaching. He went to the mountain on a horseback in October.

KCNA says North Korea’s ruling party will hold a central committee meeting later this month to discuss unspecified “crucial issues.”

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