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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appears at large public event

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appears at large public event

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made his first appearance at a mass public event since his suspected stroke in August when he attended a concert and was met by a cheering crowd, according to a state media report on yesterday.
Over the past few months, the North has sought to show Kim as active and in control after reports of his illness raised questions about leadership in the world's first communist dynasty and who was making decisions over its nuclear arms program.
"When he appeared in the auditorium, the whole audience broke into the rousing cheers of 凐urrah!' and enthusiastically welcomed him," the North's KCNA news agency said.
An official with South Korea's Unification Ministry, which keeps close tabs on reports out of the North, said this was the first time Kim has been reported as appearing before the general public at a large event since his suspected illness.
The North's state media has issued several reports in recent months saying Kim went on field guidance visits to military units, factories and farms. Speculation about Kim's health reached a peak in September when he did not appear at a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state by his father Kim Il-sung.


Updated : 2020-12-04 10:05 GMT+08:00