Kim Jong-un makes public appearance in North Korea for first time in 20 days

North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, appears in public for the first time in 20 days, following rumours about his health, according to North Korean state media.

KCNA, the country’s state news agency, said he attended the completion of a fertiliser plant north of Pyongyang.

Kim was seen in footage smiling and talking to aides at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and also touring the plant.

According to KCNA, he was accompanied by his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, who many analysts predict would take over if her brother is suddenly unable to rule.

It was Kim’s first public appearance since April 11, when he presided over a ruling Workers’ Party meeting to discuss the coronavirus and reappoint his sister as an alternate member of the powerful decision-making political bureau of the party’s central committee. That move confirmed her substantial role in the government.

There has been speculation about Kim’s health after he missed the birth anniversary celebrations of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, on April 15.

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North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

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