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Smiling Kim Jong Un returns to public eye

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in more than 40 days, with a visit to a new housing development.

Rodong Sinmun newspaper has published new photos of Kim Jong Un for the first time in more than 40 days Credit: RTV

The 31-year-old has not appeared in public since attending a concert with his wife on September 3 - missing an important political anniversary on Friday as well as a recent session of the country's parliament.

His absence fuelled speculation of ill-health or possible political turbulence in the secretive country, but today the country's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun, printed multiple photos of a smiling Kim standing with the apparent aid of a walking stick.

Multiple images of Kim Jong Un show him being supported by a walking stick Credit: RTV

Last week a source with access to the North's leadership told reporters that Kim was in firm control of the country but had hurt his leg taking part in a military drill.

Today's newspaper report did not say when the visit had been made, or refer to Kim's unusually lengthy absence from public view.

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