North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong UN appeared in public for the first time in 20 days on May 2, to mark the opening of a fertiliser company.
The reported appearance, his first since an event on April 12, comes amid global speculation over his health.
International speculation about Kim’s health began after he missed the birthday commemoration of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.
The anniversary is one of the biggest events in the North Korean calendar and Kim usually marks it by visiting the mausoleum where his grandfather lies. He has never missed this event before.
Claims about his ill-health surfaced in a report for a website run by North Korean defectors.