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This picture taken from North Korean paper Rodong Sinmun on October 14, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an inspection tour of a newly-built housing complex in Pyongyang. (AFP Photo/Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance since September 3. His absence for over a month produced numerous speculations over his health and conflicts among North Korea ruling establishment.

Latest photos of Kim published by the country’s official media show him with a walking stick. He can be seen surrounded by North Korean officials and smiling in images captured off of state television, according to Reuters. Still, there was one notable change: the mysterious leader is also shown using a cane to support himself and walk during his highly publicized tour. 

News and photos of Kim’s appearance tampered speculation – for now, at least – that the North Korean leader had been gravely ill, pushed into hiding due to battling factions, or deposed and replaced with another leader entirely.

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Steve Herman @W7VOA
Since Kim had previously gone on numerous tours to various facilities, the fact that he simply stopped making public appearances in early September sparked speculation all over the world over his whereabouts. 

In early October, Vice News ran a story in which former senior North Korean official Jang Jin-sung – who served under previous dictator Kim Jong-il – said the country is actually experiencing a civil war between factions that want to continue exerting complete control of the economy and those who want to open it up, however slightly. 

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