N. Korean Leader Visits Samjiyon City In First Public Activity In More Than A Month

N. Korean Leader Visits Samjiyon City In First Public Activity In More Than A Month

Andrew H. Sweet

Kim's visit appears aimed at promoting the achievements made in the first year of the country's five-year development plan and highlighting his efforts to improve the lives of North Koreans in line with the 10th anniversary of his leadership, a Seoul official said.

The latest visit marked Kim's first public appearance reported in state media in 35 days after delivering a speech at a defense exhibition on October 11. It was the second-longest period for Kim to stay out of public view since he assumed power, following a 39-day absence in 2014.

With Tuesday's report, the number of North Korean media reports on Kim's public activities this year so far rose to 72, up from 23 during the same period a year earlier.

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