#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 08 – North Korea’s portly 31-year-old supreme leader has not been seen in public in more than month at a time when a high-level delegation has made a surprise visit to South Korea in an apparent peace initiative.
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His disappearance from public view has stirred rumours of coups, health problems and even a low-grade civil war in the Hermit Kingdom. Though it could be linked to our recent post on his leadership being a puppet government, either way his whereabouts are still unknown.
Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, was last seen Sept. 3 attending a music concert with his wife Ri Sol Ju. The state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed the pair sitting in front-row seats for the performance by an all-girl troupe, the BBC reports.
He was a no-show when the North Korean parliament convened Sept. 26 for its second session of the year. On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un did not attend a national meeting to mark the 17th anniversary of the election of his father as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea,the South Korean Yonhap news agency reports.
A recent official documentary only shows footage from August of the North Korean leader limping while commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the country’s founder.
The film mentioned he had been feeling “discomfort,” the BBC reports.
His sudden low profile coincides with the surprise visit Saturday by a high-level North Korean delegation to the South Korean port city of Incheon to attend the close of the Asian Games, which included North Korean athletes.