Kim Jong Un longest-ever break from public appearances was in 2014 when he was not seen for 40 days.
As North Korea’s capital Pyongyang set to hold mass military parades this week, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un hasn’t seen in public for more than a month. NK News, a South Korean-based outlet, reported that Kim Jong Un skipped a Politburo meeting on Sunday – the third time he has ever done so.
According to the report, Kim Jong Un’s prolonged absences raise concerns about his health. It also noted that Kim Jong Un’s longest absence from the public eye occurred in 2014 when he went missing for 40 days.
The planned parade, which will commemorate the Korean People’s Army’s 75th founding anniversary, anticipated to take place on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Fox News. Usually, Kim Jong Un uses occasions like these to discuss North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
Last week, North Korea threatened to counter US military moves with the “most overwhelming nuclear force” while condemning US plans to expand its joint exercise with South Korea and deploy more advanced military assets, Reuters reported.
In 2022 itself, North Korea fired more than 70 ballistic missiles including potential nuclear-capable weapons designed to strike targets in South Korea or reach the US mainland. The country also conducted a slew of launches which it has described as simulated nuclear attacks on South Korean and US targets in response to the expanded US military drills with South Korea.