UPDATE 2-N. Korean leader Kim makes first appearance since Sept. 3 - KCNA

October 13, 2014 10:53 PM

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SEOUL Oct 14 (Reuters) - 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.

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