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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has allegedly made a public appearance after more than 50 days in seclusion according to photos released by the North Korean media Saturday, but suspicions are rising that the pictures were taken before his alleged brain surgery.
North Korean Central Television aired roughly 10 images of Kim in his trademark khaki jumpsuit and sporting sunglasses inspecting a military unit.
Other state media repeatedly reported the news but none confirmed when the pictures were taken.
A senior official at the Unification Ministry in Seoul, asking to remain anonymous, said that the ministry had difficulty identifying when the pictures were taken because the North gave little information about them.