On 18 March, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un did something very odd: he gave a man a piggyback ride. It isn't every day that the dictator of an isolated, Stalinist tyranny lets one of his subjects climb on his back. North Korea had just successfully tested a new rocket engine – one that it claimed to have designed entirely by itself. The whole world will "soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries," Kim was quoted as saying.
In this image made from video, Pang Kwang Hyok, vice director of the department of international organizations at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Television in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. North Korean officials lashed out Monday at efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.