Kim Jong Un Had Cyst Removed From Ankle: Seoul Spy Agency - Video
After last being seen in state media on Sept. 3, Kim reappeared on Oct. 14 hobbling with a cane, but smiling and looking thinner. The speculation during his absence was particularly intense because of the Kim family`s importance to impoverished, nuclear-armed North Korea. The family has ruled the country since its founding in 1948.
Lim Dae-seong, an aide to ruling party lawmaker Lee Cheol-woo, who also attended the briefing, said the spy agency identified Kim`s condition as tarsal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome, which is often painful, is caused by the compression of a nerve, sometimes because of a cyst. Surgery is generally seen as a last resort after other treatments are unsuccessful.
It wasn`t immediately clear how the information about Kim`s condition was obtained by the spy agency, which has a spotty track record of analyzing developments in opaque North Korea.