A state media outlet in North Korea says leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance in 20 days amid rumours about his health.
The Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that he attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory in Suncheon, near the capital of Pyongyang, with other senior officials, including his sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Fertiliser eh? Pfft...And once again reports of his death appear to have been exaggerated, as Kim attended a ceremony for the opening of a new fertilizer factory near Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes first public appearance in weeks, say state media
Kim was performing his normal duties, just out of the public eye.There are no signs North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received heart surgery when he disappeared from state media for three weeks, but he reduced public activity due to coronavirus concerns, South Korean lawmakers briefed by the spy agency said on Wednesday.
He did make fewer public appearances this year, but South Korea attributes this to COVID-19 measures limiting opportunities."The NIS assesses that at least he did not get any heart-related procedure or surgery," committee member Kim Byung-kee told reporters. "He was normally performing his duties when he was out of the public eye."
"At least there's no heart-related health problem."
Here's Kim opening a fertilizer plant.But the lawmaker said Kim Jong-un only made 17 public appearances so far this year, compared with an average of 50 from previous years, which the NIS ascribed to a possible coronavirus outbreak in North Korea.
"Kim Jong-un had focused on consolidating internal affairs such as military forces and party-state meetings, and coronavirus concerns have further limited his public activity," Kim Byung-kee said.