Kim Jong-un's 'Sick' Aunt Resurfaces

      July 26, 2013 09:13

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt Kim Kyong-hui, a key figure behind the throne, attended the opening ceremony of a military cemetery in Pyongyang on Thursday. She has been rumored to be gravely ill.

      She appeared in public for the first time since May 12.

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) salutes as he and his aunt Kim Kyong-hui (left) and Premier Pak Pong-ju attend the opening ceremony of a cemetery in Pyongyang on Thursday. /Reuters-Newsis

      A Unification Ministry official said there has been a familiar pattern of Kim Kyong-hui disappearing from view and then resurfacing if rumors that she is seriously ill get too persistent.

      "She has out of the public eye for such a long time that there has been an abundance of intelligence reports on her health," another government official said. "She must have been really unwell to have missed the 19th anniversary of the death of her father," nation founder Kim Il-sung, on July 8.

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