When you go to war make sure you pack your crystal ashtray, Kim Jong-un does

The Telegraph has some photos of Kim Jong-Un inspecting North Korean fire-drills.

The first photo I saw had what looked to be an ashtray on the ledge…and some fancy weights for map holders on his nice carved map table.

This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 20, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting a live fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea.  AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS

This picture taken by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on March 20, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting a live fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS

Then I saw this photo and he has a cigarette in his hand.

This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 20, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R) using binoculars to inspect a live fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS

This picture taken by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on March 20, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R) using binoculars to inspect a live fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS

It doesn;t mean anything but I thought it incongruous on a battlefield for a crystal ashtray to be present.


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