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Kim Jong Un Climbs North Korea's Highest Mountain

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(Photo : Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un views the dawn from the summit of Mt Paektu April 18, 2015, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 19, 2015.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has climbed the country's highest mountain. 

State-run media has released photos of Kim greeting members of the Korean People's Army pilots at the summit of Mt. Paektu.  

Kim took the opportunity to tell the troops that hiking provides mental energy that when used properly, could even come out as more powerful than any weapon. 

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"Climbing Mt Paektu provides precious mental pabulum more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon," the Rodong newspaper quoted Kim as saying.

The photos also showed a smiling and wind-swept Kim, standing on a snowy mountaintop, with the sun peeking behind him.

Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il, was rumored to have been born on Mt. Paektu, which historians countered saying the older Kim was born in Russia. Kim is also praised for having a "Mt. Paektu bloodline".

Kim reportedly incredibly climbed the 2,750-metre peak together with hundreds of fighter pilots and party officials.

The news is the latest of what seems to be North Korea's propaganda aimed at glorifying the Kim dynasty, which had been ruling the country for the last six decades.  The North Korean government occasionally comes out with stories of Kim's amazing feats, suggesting the leader's unbelievable strength and power.

Just last week, another story came out claiming Kim could drive when he was as young as three years old.  His late father was also said to have scored an impressive and inconceivable 11 holes-in-one, during the first time he played golf. 

State news agency KCNA said Kim scaled the mountain on Saturday morning.  Kim regularly visits factories, bases and other important sites just like his father.

North Korea remains to have a poor economy with majority of its people living in poverty.  The United Nations estimates about 16 million North Koreans do not know where their next meal would be coming from. 

The country had been more concerned about building its military and nuclear programs than feeding its people and taking them out of poverty. 

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