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North Korea's Kim out in the cold with US relations on thin ice

North Korea's Kim out in the cold with US relations on thin ice

North Korean media has published new pictures of leader Kim Jong-un riding a white horse on a sacred mountain. 

Experts say the footage is heavy with symbolism and may indicate a policy announcement.

The photos come as nuclear talks with the United States are stalled and with a looming end-of-year deadline set by North Korea for some kind of concession from Washington.

Kim — in a black leather trenchcoat he has worn recently to open a flagship construction project and supervise a weapons test — was pictured leading a squad of riders in a white forest near Mount Paektu.