BREAKING: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un makes a public appearance for the first time in weeks, state news agency KCNA says

By May 1, 2020, 5:21 PM EDTUpdated on May 1, 2020, 5:28 PM EDT

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Kim Jong Un  Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the opening of a fertilizer factory on May Day, according to state media, in his first public appearance since a flurry of media reports in April prompted questions about his health.

Kim cut the ribbon to denote the completion of the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. The report didn’t initially provide any photos of the event.

Speculation about Kim’s whereabouts has mounted since his unprecedented absence from annual events to celebrate the April 15 birthday of his grandfather, state founder Kim Il Sung. While U.S. officials said they were told Kim, 36, was in critical condition after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure, a top South Korean foreign policy adviser later said he was “alive and well.”(Adds more detail of report in second paragraph.)


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