Kim Jong-un appears in public for first time in 20 days, North Korean state media reports
11:40, Saturday, 02 May, 2020
Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance in 20 days, according to state media in North Korea.
The absence of the country’s leader over the last three weeks triggered rumours he was dead or in a coma after failed heart surgery. However, the official Korean Central News Agency said Kim attended a ceremony on Friday to mark the completion of a fertiliser factory near Pyongyang. They reported he attended with senior officials including his sister and putative successor Kim Yo-jong. Photographs released by the North Korean government appeared to confirm this. Speculation about Kim’s health began after he missed the birthday celebration for his late grandfather Kim Il Sung on 15 April.