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North Korea spells out message using Kim Jong-un’s subjects visible from space

Eerie scenes in North Korea have seen Kim jong-un's subjects used to spell out a message that can be seen from space.

The people were organised into a formation to spell out: "To defend with one's life," which experts are taking as some kind of political message.

Expert Martyn Williams, from the website 38 North which analyses the reclusive country, said: "Political messages displayed with the kind of placards seen in today's images are common during this kind of event and require practice to perfect timing and accuracy."

The crowd gathered at Kim Il Sung Square, named after the current leader's grandfather, in capital Pyongyang to practice for an event linked to the Eighth Party Congress in January.

Dictator Kim is under increasing pressure as the hermit state's economy struggles, with estimates suggesting it shrunk by 8.5% in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

He is set to unveil his new economic plan at the Congress with experts suggesting he needs to come up with a solid five-year solution to maintain his grip on power.

It comes as it was revealed a US reconnaissance plane flew near North Korea as the country keeps an eye on the country ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

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A US Air Force jet was spotted flying over the region after taking off from its Kadena Air Base in Japan.

A South Korean military official said: "The US is paying close attention to North Korea's movements, including preparations for a (possible) military parade for the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in January.

"The US military will likely conduct more frequent surveillance flights around the date of the congress."

Kim appeared to be close with Mr Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, even meeting for a summit in Singapore in 2018 – the first-ever meeting between leaders of the USA and North Korea.

But the North Korean dictator is one of the most prominent world leaders yet to congratulate Mr Biden on his November US election victory.

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