North Korea: Controversies and rumors go hand in hand with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He was thought dead or suffering from serious illness as he didn’t make any public appearance for three weeks. Countries all over the world were looking at him for official announcements.
— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
After 3 weeks of solitude, finally, Kim was seen attending the May Day opening of a fertilizer factory as reported by the State Media, Korean Central News Agency. It was almost three weeks of absence that got broken.
Kim marked the completion of the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory northeast of the capital Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency reported early Saturday. State media released photos showing the North Korean leader in a black Mao suit cutting a ribbon outside the facility, which non-proliferation experts say could be used to help produce fissile material for nuclear bombs.
The appearance wasn’t immediately corroborated by officials in Washington and Seoul, and U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s presidential office declined to comment. Kim’s conspicuous absence had fueled speculation about succession plans in a hereditary dynasty ruled by his family since North Korea’s founding after World War Two, with a nuclear arsenal that has become more potent since he took power in late 2011.
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