North Korea’s Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in almost a month

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly appeared in public for the first time in 25 days, South Korean news agency Yonhap said on Monday, amid continued speculation about his health.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly appeared in public for the first time in 25 days, South Korean news agency Yonhap said on Monday, amid continued speculation about his health.

The state news agency KCNA said Kim chaired a meeting of the Workers’ Party politburo on Sunday in which the issue of further tightening the state anti-epidemic emergency system was discussed amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic.

According to Yonhap, this marked Kim’s first public appearance since October 22, when it was reported that he had visited a cemetery in South Pyongyang province.

North Korean state media usually report the leader’s activity one day after it happens.

Since the South Korea-based online newspaper Daily NK reported in April that Kim had to undergo heart surgery followed by his conspicuous absence from some key events, Korean observers have been wondering about his health.

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