Kim Jong Un 'Climbs' North Korea's Highest Mountain

04/20/2015 07:02 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2015

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "climbed the top" of the nation's highest mountain on Saturday, state news agency KCNA reported.

Based on photographs showing him attired in a long topcoat and shiny shoes, and recent health problems, it's unlikely Kim hiked up the nearly 9,000-foot Mount Paektu, both The Guardian and the Telegraph noted. He more likely was dropped off at the summit, where he was joined by a crowd of North Korean fighter pilots.

Kim reportedly made the trip to the "sacred mountain of revolution associated with the soul of the Korean nation" to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of his late father Kim Jong-il being named marshal. While North Korea claims that his father was born on Mount Paektu, historians say the dictator was actually born in a refugee camp in Russia.







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