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Kim Jong-un appears in public for the first time after rumors of illness

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KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory.Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says.

It adds that people at the factory “broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah” when he appeared on Friday.The reported appearance – his first since an event on state media on 12 April – comes amid global speculation over his health.

The latest reports from North Korean media could not be independently confirmed.State media later released images that it said showed Mr Kim cutting a ribbon outside a factory.

Asked about Mr Kim’s reported reappearance, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he didn’t want to comment yet.According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Mr Kim was accompanied by several senior North Korean officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong.

The North Korean leader cut a ribbon at a ceremony at the plant, in a region north of Pyongyang, and people who were attending the event “burst into thunderous cheers of ‘hurrah!’ for the Supreme Leader who is commanding the all-people general march for accomplishing the great cause of prosperity”, KCNA says.

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