These ridiculous photos of Kim Jong Un riding a white horse mean everyone should actually be taking North Korea very seriously
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- North Korean media released photos of dictator Kim Jong Un riding a white horse on a symbolically important mountain this week.
- Photos of the leader there usually proceed major announcements from North Korean leadership; experts believe that this time, it could herald a frightening military advancement.
- The photos are laden with symbolism, from the white horse, to the location, to Kim Jong Un's clothing choices.
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Kim Jong Un has had similar trips and photo shoots before; during one such trip, North Korean state media claimed that the rotund dictator climbed Mt. Paektu, while photos of the event showed him in leather business shoes.
Of course, the photo caused a stir on Twitter, with some Photoshopping the pictures into prestige drama ads for Netflix:
Or bringing up a similar winter photoshoot:
But apart from looking faintly ridiculous to the outside world, the new photos from the Hermit Kingdom are shot through with meaning, according to experts. Read on to see what Kim Jong Un's snowy ride means.
Propaganda images are nothing new for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The North Korean propaganda machine is an important part of the regime.
Kim rides an immaculate, snow-white horse to match his surroundings. But it's not just about equine aesthetics.
Mt. Paektu is a loaded location for the Kim family — and North Koreans.
While the photos may look absurd, they're intended to have a very serious message.
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