Obviously this trip is a big deal for political reasons (North Korea’s pivot to Russia, the human rights issue, the gradual opening of the economy, Rajin as a strategic port…), but I can’t get past the amount of strangeness that they’ve managed to cram into this one shot. The military bearing of the North Koreans on holiday. Penn Gilette, the intimidating Russian tour guide. The fact that they brought an interpreter who appears to be malnourished and suffering from rickets.
I hope they had a nice trip round the National Museum of Glorious Phallic Symbols, all the same.