Kim Jong Un appears in public without walking stick

State media release photos of the North Korea leader walking unaided in Pyongyang

 Images released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) show Kim Jong Un walking unsassited while attending an event with military commanders in Pyongyang, North Korea, 04 November 2014. Photograph: EPA/KCNA

Images released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) show Kim Jong Un walking unsassited while attending an event with military commanders in Pyongyang, North Korea, 04 November 2014. Photograph: EPA/KCNA

 

North Korean media have released pictures of Kim Jon Un that show him walking without the use of a cane.

In photos released by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, run by the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim is seen smiling and walking alongside hundreds of troops applauding him.

He was attending a meeting of battalion commanders and political instructors in Pyongyang.

“The photo dispels the lingering sense of uncertainty that was associated with the cane,” said Yoo Ho Yeol, a professor of North Korea studies at Korea University based at Sejong in South Korea. “He’s trying to show he can walk without a problem.”

Speculation grew about the reclusive North Korean leader’s health in recent weeks after he emerged from a six week absence in mid-October with a prominent limp and using a walking stick.

Kim, believed to be around 30, recently had a cyst removed from his right ankle.

Bloomberg