Kim hails first female fighter pilots as 'flowers of the sky'

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A picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korea ruling Workers Party, yesterday showed the country's leader Kim Jong Un (centre) meeting female fighter pilots, Jo Kum Hyang and Rim Sol, after their training flight at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The paper did not report when the training was conducted. Kim congratulated the North's first female supersonic fighter pilots on their successful training and called them "flowers of the sky", according to the report.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2015, with the headline 'KIM HAILS FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS AS 'FLOWERS OF THE SKY''. Print Edition | Subscribe