Kim Jong-un sparks health fears as North Korean leader not seen ‘in weeks’
North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un has not made a public appearance for weeks as concerns grow for his health.
The Supreme Leader of North Korea missed a key photo opportunity in a political congress held in the capital Pyongyang today and hasn't been seen in public since May 6.
According to local media, the last public appearance he made was when he was attending an event for military families, but he has skipped other events since.
The 37-year-old reportedly missed last week's event of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK).
Along with the country’s youth league, women’s union, and agricultural workers’ union, GFTUK are considered "transmission belts of the Party," reports NKnews.
Despite not attending these other public events, the leader was still expected to show up for congress as he has never missed a photo opportunity with participants.
The leader has kept a generally low profile throughout the pandemic but his latest absence has raised concerns.
It could be possible that he is distancing himself due to the risk of Covid-19, but, this isn't the first time he has pulled a disappearing act.
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In February 2020, he disappeared for nearly three weeks without any speculation surrounding his health.
A few months later in April 2020, he disappeared for 12 days sparking speculation that he has died or was seriously ill after a botched heart operation.
But the following month the state released footage showing Kim Jong-Un visiting a newly-opened fertiliser plant in his country appearing to quash the health rumours.
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Kim's most recent disappearance comes after he ordered a man to be shot by the firing squad in front of 500 people for illegally selling music and films.
The engineer, whose surname was Lee, was executed last week as his family was forced to watch after he was caught secretly selling CDs and USBs with South Korean content.
Lee allegedly confessed to the sale of the media content and authorities are tracking down who purchased the items from him.
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