Why’s Kim long gone? Jong-un is not seen for a fortnight

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ‘working on Trump’s denuclearization demands’

Why’s Kim long gone? Jong-un is not seen for a fortnight, prompting speculation the North Korean leader is holed away planning how to tackle Trump’s denuclearization demands

  • Kim Jong-un was seen visiting 30 economic sites between June and August
  • Observers say he hasn’t been seen since factory visit and a funeral on August 21
  • Speculation he is now focusing on diplomatic strategy with North Korea and the US in a deadlock over denuclearization talks 

Kim Jong-un has not been seen for a fortnight, prompting speculation the North Korean leader is holed away planning how to tackle Donald Trump’s denuclearization demands.

The dictator was seen visiting 30 economic sites between June and August as he ordered officials to boost the country’s output and improve infrastructure.

But observers say he has now not been seen in public for two weeks following the series of high profile engagements. 

Propaganda outlets have halted reports on Kim’s public activity ever since he inspected a medical equipment factory and attended the funeral of former defense chief Kim Yong-chun – both on August 21, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports.

Kim Jong-un has not been seen for a fortnight, prompting speculation the North Korean leader is holed away planning how to tackle Donald Trump’s denuclearization demands. Kim and Trump are pictured during their historic meeting in June

It has fueled speculation that he is now focusing on diplomatic strategy with North Korea and the US in a deadlock over denuclearization talks.

A landmark meeting between Kim and Donald Trump in June was touted by the US President as a historic breakthrough. 


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At the summit the pair reached a vague agreement to work towards the ‘complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula’, but there has been little movement since.

Pyongyang has slammed the US for its ‘gangster-like’ demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament, and the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency reported there was no indication that the North had stopped its nuclear activities.

Propaganda outlets have halted reports on Kim’s public activity ever since he inspected a medical equipment factory (pictured) and attended the funeral of former defense chief Kim Yong-chun – both on August 21, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports

Last month Trump ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to abruptly cancel a planned trip to Pyongyang, citing lack of progress on denuclearization.

North Korea is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding this weekend and there is speculation that Kim will appear to make a speech.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s presidential envoy said on Tuesday he will deliver a letter from President Moon Jae-in to North Korean counterpart Kim when he visits Pyongyang on Wednesday to discuss the leaders’ third summit later this month, Yonhap reported.

Chung Eui-yong, chief of the national security office at the presidential Blue House, said he was seeking to discuss ways to achieve complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula as agreed by Moon and Kim during their first summit in April.

He did not elaborate further on the content of the letter.

Seoul would continue to push for a joint declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War within this year with the United States, Chung told reporters.   

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