October 16, 2019
October: State media treats all as normal as Kim Jong Un ends absence
Pyongyang reinforces image of Kim still fully in power, with his status unquestioned
October began with, arguably, the peak of speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s prolonged absence, as well as about who was in charge in Pyongyang. There was even a surprise visit to South Korea by senior North Korean officials, resulting in talks with Seoul. Midway through the month, though, Kim reappeared, and, by the end of the month it was clear that Pyongyang was not going to