October 19, 2021

Kim Jong Un meets disaffected youth who found redemption through hard labor

North Korean leader's appearance raises questions about his absence from other recent political events

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met a group of young men who were reportedly “lagging behind” ruling party expectations before earning a fresh start laboring at “difficult” work sites this year, state media reported on Tuesday.

Kim also took a group photo on Monday with thousands of young North Koreans who took part in Youth Day celebrations in Pyongyang over the weekend, raising questions about what prevented him from taking otherwise standard group photos with other event attendees earlier this summer.