Kim Jong-un re-emerges after 20 days
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a fertiliser factory completion ceremony, state media reported on Saturday, his first public appearance after 20 days of absence that sparked rumours about his health.
Seoul: leader Kim Jong-un attended a fertiliser factory completion ceremony, state media reported on Saturday, his first public appearance after 20 days of absence that sparked rumours about his health.
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim cut the tape at the ceremony marking the completion of SunchonPhosphaticFertiliser Factory in Sunchon, north of Pyongyang, on Friday, reports the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency.
Photos released by KCNA showed Kim, dressed in a dark Mao suit, cutting the red ribbon during the ceremony and talking to accompanying officials with a smile on his face.
"All the participants broke into thunderous cheers of 'hurrah!' extending the greatest glory to the Supreme Leader who has brought about a new change in the development of Juche-based fertiliser industry and has led the grand revolutionary advance for strengthening self-supporting economy to a victory with his outstanding leadership," KCNA said. Juche is the concept of self-reliance.
"He looked round several places including raw material processing process, yellow phosphorus production process, ammonium phosphatic fertiliser production process, and packing process, being briefed about the production processes of the factory," KCNA added.
Kim was also quoted as expressing "satisfaction about the wonderful creation" and "set forth the tasks and ways for developing our chemical industry in a correct orientation as required by the new century".
Accompanying Kim were his sister Kim Yo-jong, Pak Pong-ju, vice chairman of the WKP's Central Committee, Premier Kim Jae-ryong and other senior officials, according to KCNA. No. 2 leader ChoeRyong-hae was not among the attendees.
This marked Kim's first public appearance since April 11, when he presided over a Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party.