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Kim Jong-un appears in public – state media

Kim Jong-un at Politburo meeting on 11 April

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Kim Jong-un hadn’t been seen in public for almost three weeks

Kim Jong-un has appeared in public for the first time in 20 days, North Korean state media says.

KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory.

It adds that people at the factory “broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah” when he appeared.

The reported appearance – his first since a state media appearance on 12 April – comes amid global speculation over his health.

The latest reports from state media could not be independently confirmed and no pictures were provided.

Speculation began when Mr Kim missed the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim Il Sung on 15 April.

It then grew on Wednesday, when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials in the country “hadn’t seen” Mr Kim recently.

South Korea said reports that Mr Kim was seriously ill were untrue.

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