North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly made his first public appearance since April 11 when he attended a ceremony on Friday celebrating the completion of a fertilizer factory near the capital of Pyongyang. Kim’s arrival was reported by the Korean Central News Agency, but could not be verified by several national news outlets, including the Associated Press and Reuters.
His reported attendance would end widespread suspicion regarding Kim’s health after he missed the birthday celebration of his late grandfather Kim Il Sung. Considered a major holiday, the North Korean leader would typically visit the mausoleum where the state founder was laid to rest.
AP points out that in 2014, Kim disappeared for nearly six weeks before appearing before the public with a cane. South Korea’s spy agency claimed he had a cyst removed from his ankle.
NK News has posted photos that appear to be Kim.