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Kim Jong-Un Isn’t The First Of North Korea’s Leaders To ‘Disappear’

While Kim Jong-un’s two-week absence has inspired speculation and rumours that he is gravely ill, he is not the first member of North Korea’s ruling elite to disappear from public view. Some absences were caused by real trouble, including deaths, illness or purges. But frequently the so-called disappearances have simply shown the disconnect between insatiable curiosity about what’s happening inside the isolated, nuclear-armed nation and the thick cloak of secrecy surrounding its leadership.

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