Kim Jong-un 'climbs North Korea's highest mountain' wearing overcoat

Leader says climbing the 9,000ft peak provides mental energy "more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon"

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Kim Jong-un has climbed North Korea's highest mountain, according to state-run media.

The 32-year-old leader took part in a bizarre photo-shoot at the top of the 9,000ft-high Mount Paektu, near the Chinese border, after allegedly climbing the peak on Sunday wearing just a grey overcoat.

Pictures from the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) show him standing on the snowy mountaintop.

Mashable reports that KCNA described the climb as the following: 'With a broad smile on his face, the Supreme Commander said that the looks of Mt. Paektu is impressive and the sunrise over Mt. Paektu is a charming and beautiful sight rare to be seen, adding the new morning of Korea dawns from Mt. Paektu.'



Reports say Kim Jong-un climbed the mountain alongside hundreds of fighter pilots and party officials.

According to Rodong newspaper, via BBC, Kim addressed troops at the top of the mountain and said: "Climbing Mount Paektu provides precious mental pabulum more powerful than any kind of nuclear weapon."

Mount Paektu is a volcanic peak which is considered to be a sacred place in Korean folklore and a symbol associated with the Kim family. Kim Jong-un's father Kim Jong-II is said to have been born on the mountain, however many historians say he was born in Russia.

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