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Kim Jong-il back in the public eye with army visit

AP , SEOUL

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made his first known public appearance since his country agreed to return to international talks over its nuclear program, visiting an army unit.

It was also Kim's first known visit to a military unit since the North's Oct. 9 nuclear test.

Kim visited the Korean People's Army Unit 1112 and was "greatly satisfied to see the servicepersons of the unit reliably standing guard over the defense line of the country," the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday.

Kim browsed through teaching materials for the soldiers and walked around a compound of barracks to learn how the unit was managed, KCNA said.

The North Korean leader "took deep care of the living of the servicepersons" by personally inspecting the unit's facilities, including a cafeteria, a kitchen, a bathhouse and a food store, it said.

Kim also had a picture taken with the soldiers, KCNA said.

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