An appearance that inevitably makes people talk. While not appearing anywhere for a month, North Korea’s President Kim Jong-Un was seen in the country’s newly established northern alpine city named Samjiyon. The latter is described as “a model of communist utopia” by state media, which aims to cement the legacy of the leader of North Korea despite severe food shortages in the country. Kim Jong-Un’s trip was organized to mark his 10th anniversary in power in this nation completely disconnected from the rest of the world, and especially since the Covid-19 epidemic.

Ski slopes, shopping centers, giant pharmacies and accommodation that can accommodate several thousand people adorn this new town, located on the border with China. Its role is obviously to show a luxuriant country, very different from a nation struck by extreme poverty. Experts claim that Samjiyon is Pyongyang’s economic engine. According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong-Un said that the buildings in the city represent “the high loyalty, enormous will and sweat of our people,” as well as how North Korea has succeeded. to achieve prosperity.

Kim Jong-un’s health rumors swept aside

The leader of North Korea has recently been the subject of health concerns. He has not been seen in public since his speech at a military demonstration last month. The South Korean intelligence agency said Kim was in excellent health. In April 2020, however, he retired from the public arena for several weeks. His absence fueled speculation that he was recovering from heart surgery, contracted Covid-19, or died. Regardless, the North Korean leader resurfaced in state media, putting an end to rumors he was ill.

In September, North Korea announced the launch of a hypersonic missile, proving that North Korea was on the verge of deploying one of the most sophisticated categories of offensive weapons in the world. The new missile, known as the Hwasong-8, is one of the main targets of the country’s five-year military development plan, according to the national news agency, KCNA. North Korean officials have used the term “strategic” to describe the new weapon, which means it can carry nuclear warheads. No, international sanctions will not stop the leader of North Korea.

Kim Jong-un © ITAR TASS

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