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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Makes First Appearance Since September 3

In this April 13, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in hon
In this April 13, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il and grandfather, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang. In very different ways, North Korea, run by the same family as a Stalinist dictatorship since the 1940s, and Myanmar, run by a cabal of generals, have opened themselves up over the past year or so, allowing the world to peer behind the political curtains they had so laboriously erected, but the question of whether there has been any real change still remains. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

(Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a newly built residential district and a scientific establishment, state media reported early on Tuesday, his first public appearances since Sept. 3.

The 31-year-old Kim's prolonged absence from public view had fuelled speculation over his health as well as his grip on power in the secretive nuclear capable nation.

(Reporting by Tony Munroe; Editing by David Gregorio)

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