September 26, 2020

Echoing Kim Jong Un, North Korean lawmakers scale symbolic Mount Paektu

Mask-clad DPRK officials tour revolutionary sites, hail "epoch-making" visit by leader last year

Officials from North Korea's rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) began an expedition to revolutionary battle sites at the country's politically-symbolic Mount Paektu over the weekend, party daily the Rodong Sinmun reported Monday, paying tribute to similar visits by leader Kim Jong Un last year.

Amid broader steps by the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, state media showed officials wearing what appeared to be blue-colored surgical masks climbing the snowy mountain, which holds deep ideological significance in North Korean lore.