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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Back on A Horse in North Korea’s Latest Propaganda Video

But “I don’t think we should read too much into the horse scenes, much less link them to North Korea’s recent missile launches and North Korea’s missile test plans,” Lee said.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un rides symbolic white horse in new propaganda video, which ignores missile tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in an image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 16, 2019.

Gazing wistfully out to sea from atop a white horse, Kim Jong Un stars in a new North Korean propaganda video that touts his economic leadership but ignores a recent spate of sanctions-busting missile launches. Pyongyang started the year by conducting a record seven weapons tests, including firing its most powerful missile since 2017, raising fears Kim could restart long-range or nuclear testing.

But the government-produced documentary released this week highlights Kim's struggle to right North Korea's battered economy, which is reeling from a years-long blockade due to the coronavirus and international sanctions.

"The overriding theme of the documentary is Kim's devotion to and hard work for the people," Rachel Minyoung Lee, a non-resident fellow with the 38 North program at the Washington-based Stimson Center, told AFP.

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