North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a residential district and a science academy, state media reported early on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.
The report of Kim's appearances could not be independently verified by Reuters, and pictures were not immediately available. North Korean state TV had not yet begun its daily broadcast early on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Kim had not appeared in public since attending a concert with his wife on Sept. 3, missing an important political anniversary on Friday as well as a recent session of the country's parliament.
The KCNA story was dated Tuesday, but did not specify which day he made the visits. It also did not mention Kim's lengthy absence from public view.
The report, which was typical of the state media's chronicling of Kim's activities, said he "gave field guidance" to the new Wisong Scientists Residential District and visited the newly built Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences.
"Our scientists are patriots who are devoting all their lives to building a rich and powerful nation," Kim was quoted as saying.