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10/12/2014 12:55 pm ET Updated Oct 13, 2014

Susan Rice: No Evidence Kim Jong Un Has Been Deposed

There's "no indication" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is no longer in power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Obviously, we are watching very carefully what's happening in North Korea. It's a country that we monitor with great attention," Rice said in response to a question from host Chuck Todd on whether she was convinced that Kim Jong Un is still the leader of North Korea.

Rumors have spread about the recent absence of the reclusive leader, who hasn't been seen publicly since early September. On Friday, Kim missed an annual ceremony held at the shrine of his late father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011.

A source "with access to the secretive North's leadership" told Reuters Thursday that Kim was staying out of the public eye because of a leg injury. Others have suggested he could be in political trouble.

"We have not seen any indications of a transfer of power at this point in North Korea that we view as definitive," Rice said Sunday. "But we'll continue to watch it carefully."

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