August 19, 2022

Kim Jong Un appears just once in 50 days as leader set to mark decade in power

Health issues, COVID-19 or simply changing work habits may be behind DPRK leader’s infrequent state media appearances

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made just one appearance in the last 50 days, remaining out of the public eye for another two straight weeks after he returned from his longest stint away in seven years.

It is the ninth time the leader has not made any new appearances for two or more weeks this year as he is on track to match his record high of 10 such breaks in 2020. His infrequent public appearances may suggest health complications, aversion to COVID-19 or simply a change in work habits.