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N. Korean leader treated by 'foreign doctors': S. Korean envoy

All Headlines 15:58 October 14, 2014

BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who has made his first public appearance in five weeks, has been treated by "foreign doctors" because of an apparent leg injury, the South Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday.

North Korea's state media on Tuesday made its first reports of public activity by Kim in more than 40 days, showing photos of the leader with a walking stick.

Kim "was suffering from problems in his leg and foreign doctors visited North Korea to treat him," Kwon Young-se told lawmakers during an annual parliamentary audit on the South Korean Embassy in Beijing.

"To my knowledge, North Korean officials had also visited some foreign countries to get consultations about his treatment," Kwon said, citing information he obtained.

Kim had been absent from public view since Sept. 3, and the North Korean media have unusually acknowledged that he was suffering from bodily "discomfort."

Kim missed a key national event celebrating the founding of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea on Friday with high-level party and military officials, fueling speculation about his health.
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