United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, recently reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un did not attend any of the traditional ceremonies that were held on October 10 for the 71st Anniversary of the North Korean Workers’ Party. None of the North Korean official news media reported Kim’s whereabouts for that day. In the past years, the nation typically had a Report Conference of the Central Party Assembly one day before the Anniversary Day. However, this year there has been no mention of it so far. Labor News, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party, did report that, on the Anniversary Day, some high ranking officials presented flowers in Kim’s name at the Fairview Hill Sun Palace. North Korea just completed a nuclear test in September and between October 10 and October 15, South Korean is having a joint military exercise with the United States.
Source: United Daily News, October 11, 2016