SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s state information company KCNA stated on Saturday leader Kim Jong Un attended the completion of a fertilizer plant in a area north of the capital, Pyongyang, within the first report of his public activity since April 11.
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks as he takes half in a gathering of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) on this picture launched by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2020. KCNA/through REUTERS/File Photo
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the KCNA report.
KCNA reported that Kim minimize a ribbon on the ceremony on Friday and people attending the occasion “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.”
Kim expressed satisfaction in regards to the manufacturing system of the fertilizer manufacturing unit, saying the plant made important contribution for the progress of the nation’s chemical business and meals manufacturing, KCNA stated.
Kim was accompanied by a number of senior North Korean officers, together with his youthful sister Kim Yo Jong, KCNA stated.
U.S. President Donald Trump stated after the KCNA report that he could have one thing to say about Kim on the applicable time.
There has been hypothesis about Kim’s well being after he missed the start anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. The day is a significant vacation in North Korea and Kim as leader normally pays a go to to the mausoleum the place his grandfather lies in state.
Earlier, a supply accustomed to U.S. intelligence analyses and reporting stated that U.S. businesses believed that Kim Jong Un shouldn’t be critically ailing and that he nonetheless very a lot stays in energy.
“We think he’s still in charge,” the supply stated on situation of anonymity.
The supply couldn’t instantly verify the KCNA report.
The White House and State Department didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Reporting by Heekyong Yang and Jack Kim; Editing by Sandra Maler