PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A photograph of Kim Jong Il released Wednesday by the North Korean government shows him doing something he has supposedly given up -- smoking.
The shot shows the 67-year-old on a tour of a cigarette-manufacturing plant, Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reports. Kim has removed one glove, freeing his hand to take a cigarette.
The secretive North Korean leader is supposed to have obeyed his doctors' orders and given up cigarettes several years ago.
Kim disappeared from sight for several months last year, fueling rumors that he had had a stroke. More recently, he has made some public appearances and been shown in photographs distributed through North Korea's Central News Agency.