KIM Jong Un has not been seen in public for 35 days ahead of an expected mass parade in Pyongyang this week to celebrate the North Korean military’s 75th anniversary.
The authoritarian leader skipped a Politburo meeting on the country’s acute agricultural crisis on Sunday, NK News reported, noting that it was only the third time he had ever done so.
Previous extended periods out of the public eye have fuelled rumours about his deteriorating health and speculation about his possible successor.
The North Korean leader’s 35-day break from the public eye matches another prolonged absence at the end of 2021, the Seoul-based website said.
However, Kim is still expected to attend this week’s military parade, which could be held as early as Tuesday night.