North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly made his first public appearance in over a month, Yonhap News Agency reports.
Pyongyang’s state media agency says Kim was touring a newly built housing complex, according to Yonhap.
It’s worth noting that the North Korean state media agency is basically a propaganda tool, and it’s still unclear why Kim has been absent from public view since September.
State media reportedly released photos of Kim walking with a cane as proof that he’s reappeared, but did not say when the photos were taken, according to CNN.
Speculation about what happened to Kim has been mounting since he was seen limping across a stage during at the anniversary memorial service of his grandfather and the nations’ founding president, Kim Il Sung:
Since his last public appearance at a concert Sept. 3, Kim has missed high-profile public events that he would normally attend, fueling speculation that something was amiss, the Associated Press notes.
North Korean observers have theorized that Kim is suffering from health problems, that he’s no longer in control of the country, or that he’s in the midst of an attempted coup.
Considering the fact that people have been predicting the downfall of North Korea for decades, the latter two scenarios don’t seem likely.