January 21, 2021

Kim Jong Un disappears from the public eye as major North Korean events loom

Kim yet again absent for at least 20 days straight — amid a U.S. presidential transition and ahead of the Party Congress

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been absent from state media for three weeks now, marking the fifth time this year that he has gone missing for at least 20 days straight.

This time around, Kim has disappeared from the public eye between two major domestic political events, and his missing streak also coincides with the precarious U.S. presidential transition period.