Powerful N.Korean Hardliner Resurfaces on TV

North Korea's state-run TV on Wednesday broadcast footage showing military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae, suggesting that rumors of his imprisonment were exaggerated.

In this screen grab from [North] Korean Central TV, military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae (back) accompanies leader Kim Jong-un at an artillery firing competition believed to have taken place after Feb. 23. In this screen grab from [North] Korean Central TV, military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae (back) accompanies leader Kim Jong-un at an artillery firing competition believed to have taken place after Feb. 23.

Choe was seen walking behind leader Kim Jong-un with a visible limp. Though considered the new power behind the throne since the execution of Kim's uncle Jang Song-taek, Choe had been rumored to be behind bars after he was absent from major events in recent weeks.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 07, 2014 11:21 KST