The official North Korean news agency KCNA on Tuesday reiterated that Mr Kim Jong-un appeared in the public and pictures flashed in local newspapers showed him giving “field guidance” at a newly-built scientists’ residential district in PyongYang, but the pictures also confirmed the news that the North Korean leader was injured in the leg as Rodong Sinmun daily newspaper showed him in photographs wielding a walking stick.
Allaying fears of a military coup, the pictures show him giving orders to Hwang Pyong-so, the general who led a delegation to South Korea early this month. Keeping at rest the rumours, the pictures establish clearly that Mr Kim is in control of the nation and its military.
Official media had earlier said that he was facing some personal “discomfort” and will not be appearing in the public for some time. If the leg is fractured, it would take at least 3 months and since he is not seen wearing any plaster around the leg, it may be a hairline fracture, which may impede his free walking.
This reiterates the North Korea’s London ambassador’s satement to the BBC that Mr Kim was in good health. Collaborating the version, KCNA reported on Tuesday that Mr Kim visited the newly-built Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences and was briefed on the Wisong Scientists Residential District “before a map showing its bird’s-eye view”.
KCNA said the North Korean leader “Looking over the exterior of the apartment houses and public buildings, decorated with diverse coloured tiles, expressed great satisfaction, saying they looked very beautiful.”