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It has been a thrilling week in the world of state-run media, with the news of a unicorn lair discovery following hot on the heels of Kim Jong-un's selection as sexiest man alive.

The latest fantastical announcement concerns a groundbreaking archaeological discovery in North Korea.

"Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668)," the Korean Central News Agency reports.

However astonishing the discovery may seem to us, it may be old news to North Koreans, as the report was careful to emphasise that the archaeological dig only "reconfirms" the location of the lair.

"The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City.

"A rectangular rock carved with words 'Unicorn Lair' stands in front of the lair," the report says.

As with many articles published by the Agency, the report also "reconfirms" Pyongyang's rightful prominence, as it "proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom."