MOSCOW/SEOUL — North Korea, whose chief Kim Jong Un was filmed using by means of the snow on a white stallion final 12 months, has spent tens of 1000’s of on 12 purebred horses from Russia, in line with Russian customs information.
Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as vital shows of power within the face of worldwide stress and the photographs of Kim astride a galloping white steed had been seen all over the world.
North Korea has a protracted historical past of shopping for expensive horses from Russia and customs information first reported by Seoul-based NK Information means that North Korea might have bolstered its herd in October.
In keeping with customs information reviewed by Reuters, Russia exported 12 horses price a complete of $75,509 to North Korea final 12 months.
It was the largest purchase since 2015, when North Korea spent $192,204 on 61 horses from Russia. Altogether, North Korea has imported at the very least 138 horses between 2010 and 2019, at a value of $584,302, in line with the Russian information.
The imagery of Kim astride a white stallion was designed to instill confidence in North Koreans that they’ve a person of power and future holding the reins of energy, analysts stated.
The horse puchases additionally got here as North Korea is beneath strict worldwide sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile applications. (Reporting by Rinat Sagdiev and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow and Josh Smith in Seoul; Writing by Josh Smith; Enhancing by Angus MacSwan)