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N Korea at crossroads

Kim possibly sheltering from virus, South Korea minister says

Leisure boats seen active off the coast of the Wonsan compound

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in October 2019.    © Reuters

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Fear of the coronavirus could have been keeping North Korean leader Kim Jong Un out of public sight, a South Korean minister and U.S. sources said on Tuesday, following intense speculation and concern as to his whereabouts and health.

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