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N. Korea Reports Kim Jong Un’s First Appearance in Six Weeks

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in six weeks, walking with a cane during a visit to a new residential block as he ended a period of seclusion that prompted speculation about his grip on power.

Kim commended workers who built the Wisong Scientists Residential District and was accompanied by senior officials including Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So and Workers’ Party secretary Choe Ryong Hae, the official Korean Central News Agency reported today. Photographs on the website of the Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper published by the ruling party, showed Kim talking and laughing while holding a cane. Neither report gave the date of his visit.