Kim Jong-un laughs off global condemnation of his regime's nuclear programme as he visits 'sacred' mountain where North Korea claims its first dictator was born

Mail Online | 12/8/2017 | Tariq Tahir For Mailonline
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has paid a visit Mount Paektu, a spot the regime has decreed 'sacred' as the birthplace of the secretive state's first dictator, Kim's grandfather.

Pictures released by the regime show the Kim in the snow at the 9,022ft, on North Korea's border with China, which the regime rewrote history to claim was birthplace of Kim Il-Sung, the Communist who ruled from after the Second World War until 1994.

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He was in fact born in the Soviet Union, but the mountain, has long been integral to the country's identity.

It is reputedly the birthplace of the earliest Korean leader ever recorded, Dangun, who according to legend founded the early kingdom of Gojoseon in 2333BC.

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The mountain is believed to be the site of the deadliest volcano eruption in history and there are fears it may erupt again as a result of North Korea's nuclear weapons testing.

A thousand years ago it exploded so violently that ash fell as far away as northern Japan.

Month - Bruce - Bennett - Defence - Analyst

Last month Bruce Bennett, a senior defence analyst at the Rand Corporation, warned one of the nuclear weapon tests carried out by North Korea could have a catastrophic effect.

North Korea, formally called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), last week tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, saying the device could reach all of the United States.

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Two U.S. B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war 'an established fact.'

The annual U.S.-South...
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