North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s last appearance in state media is said to have taken place on October 12 while reporting on a huge missile exhibition in Pyongyang the day before
North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has not made any new public appearances in state media in a month, sparking new speculation about his health.
The leader of the secret state has been absent from public activities for 30 days since Thursday.
It marks what is believed to be the longest absence since 2014, following speculations and reports of his health made earlier this year.
His last appearance in state media is said to have taken place on October 12th while reporting on a huge missile exhibition in Pyongyang the day before.
In a speech that hit the state news at the time, Kim said he was building his military strength out of self-defense.
He claimed Pyongyang’s weapons development was necessary amid hostile US policies and military build-up in South Korea, according to a report by state news agency KCNA.
NK News reports that he has not been on state channels since then, and that satellite imagery has shown “increased activity” at his beach house on the east coast and a lakeside mansion near the capital.
The point of sale says it suggests he “may have spent time in these locations during his current absence”. It was his longest absence in seven years.
There has been speculation about the dictator’s health in recent months.
At the beginning of the year, the 37-year-old was seen with a very loose-fitting jacket and excess skin around his neck at the celebrations for Youth Day in Pyongyang.
He is believed to have lost 44 pounds in one year – which is more than three pounds in weight.
Chain smoker and cheese eater Kim had reportedly gained a stone every year since he came to power in 2011.
His health was heavily debated with reports that he secretly attended a health retreat after helpers became concerned about his heavy physique.
There have been other suggestions that he had gastric banding and his supposed health concerns left some “heartbroken” in the country.
Rumors about the dictator’s health forced Pyongyang to ban gossip about his weight earlier this year.
North Korea has reportedly not announced any major political events that would require Kim’s presence in the coming weeks.
His next scheduled performance is expected to be on December 17, during his annual visit to his father Kim Jong Il’s mausoleum on the day of his death.