North Korea's Kim Makes Second Walking Stick-aided Appearance

North Korea\'s state media today reported another public appearance by leader Kim Jong-Un, his second in four days after an extended absence that has seen him re-emerge with a walking stick.

Published: 17th October 2014 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2014 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

Kim Jong Un-ap

Despite thinly sourced reports that an order went out in mid-March 2014 for university students to buzz cut the sides of their heads just like North Korea’s supreme leader, recent visitors to the country say they haven’t seen evidence of any mass haircutt


SEOUL: North Korea's state media today reported another public appearance by leader Kim Jong-Un, his second in four days after an extended absence that has seen him re-emerge with a walking stick.

The North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran front page pictures of a smiling Kim, a black cane in his left hand, inspecting two high rise apartment complexes built to house faculty members of a university specialising in nuclear research.

The young leader resurfaced earlier this week after dropping out of the public eye for nearly six weeks -- an unexplained absence that triggered frenzied speculation about his health and his grip on power.

His first appearance, believed to be on Monday, was notable for the photographs showing him using a walking stick, backing up reports that his disappearance was the result of a leg injury or condition.

Before his "disappearance", state television had shown an overweight Kim walking with a pronounced limp.

His latest appearance, believed to be yesterday, showed  him using the same black cane as he toured the complex grounds and the model apartments inside, built for teaching staff at Kim Chaek University of Technology.

The university is known for nuclear engineering and a number of its top graduates are reportedly employed at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, which houses a reactor seen as the North's main source of weapons-grade plutonium.

Kim's first appearance on Monday had been an inspection of another residential complex built for scientists engaged in a space satellite programme seen as masking ballistic missile research.

Since assuming power after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011, Kim Jong-Un has cut a very public figure, with state media showing him engaged in a seemingly endless series of field guidance trips across the country.

His sudden disappearance, which began in early September, quickly became a source of rumour and speculation, which went into overdrive after he missed two noteworthy political events he would normally have been expected to attend.

Some reports even suggested he had been ousted in a coup.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp