North Korea's Kim Jong-un ends long public absence

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in 40 days, the nation’s state-run news agency reported. The appearance, posted on the Korean Central News Agency’s website and dated Oct. 14, said that Kim, 31, showed up at a newly built housing development and toured the grounds. There were no pictures included in the report.

Kim hadn’t been seen in public since attending a state concert with his wife on Sept. 3, leading to questions about his health and the country’s future leadership. But KCNA made no mention of that. It reported that on the same day as the tour of the residential complex, Kim also visited another new state project, the Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences. The Obama administration told NBC News it was still trying to determine the report’s authenticity.

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