Inside Kim Jong-un's 'Peculiar And Absolutely Perfect' Spa Day
If there was ever a way to make a pointed statement against your political enemies, a luxury spa day at an exotic North Korean retreat is surely one of the best ways to do it.
And Kim Jong-un has done just that, lauding the success of the rogue state's newly refurbished luxury resort.
According to the state-run KCNA news agency, Kim described his visit to the Yangdok County Hot Spring Resort -- an area CNN reported as being developed as a future ski destination -- as "peculiar and absolutely perfect".
Kim added that it was a "perfect match for the geographic characteristics and natural environment of the area," according to KCNA.
Pictures released by the news agency show Kim lounging around the resort in a white suit jacket while speaking with North Korean officials. Some were pictured soaking up the hot springs themselves.
The latest photo opportunity for the North Korean leader comes weeks after he was pictured riding on a white horse.
It also follows reports Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju is pregnant after she was reportedly spotted in public for the first time in months.
His visit to the resort wasn't only about the success of the new spa. Kim also used the opportunity to level criticism at South Korea about its own facilities at the Mount Kumgang resort -- one of two major inter-Korean economic projects.
Kim described South Korea's facilities at the resort as "backward", "shabby" and the “architecture of capitalist businesses".
According to CNN, Kim also slammed the facilities as "a hotchpotch with no national character at all, and that they were built like makeshift tents in a disaster-stricken area or isolation wards".
North Korea has also officially put Seoul on notice to discuss rebuilding the facilities constructed by South Korea at the resort, as Kim reportedly ordered the facilities to be knocked down and rebuilt in a modern way.
The Mount Kumgang project, alongside the Kaesong Industrial Zone, is an important token of cooperation between the two Koreas, during decades of hostilities following the Korean War.
The South Korean facilities of the resort haven't been frequently used since 2008 when a South Korean tourist was shot dead after walking into a restricted zone.
However, the area has at times been the place of some inter-Korean events such as the reunion of families from opposite sides of the border, as recently as last year.