Date
19 August 2017
Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since Sept. 3, according to state media. Rumors have been swirling recently about the North Korean leader's health. Photo: Reuters
Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since Sept. 3, according to state media. Rumors have been swirling recently about the North Korean leader's health. Photo: Reuters

Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in five weeks

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in five weeks, state media reported Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence that stoked speculation about his health and control over the country.

Kim “gave field guidance” at the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District and also visited the newly built Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences, the Korean Central News Agency reported, according to the Associated Press.

It wasn’t clear when Kim made the two appearances, AP noted.

Kim had last been seen in the state media at a Sept. 3 concert, and he missed several high-profile events that he normally attends. An official documentary released late last month then made a single reference to Kim’s “discomfort” and showed video footage from August of him overweight and limping.

The KCNA report Tuesday made no mention of Kim’s health, only detailing his comments about the construction projects. 

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