North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appears to be alive as he was seen on his first public appearance in 20 days, with Trump stating his opinion on the new development after the dictator was presumed dead.
The despot cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertiliser factory in Sunchon, state media reported, and released pictures supposedly showing the event.
Kim was seen smiling and talking to aides at the ceremony and also touring the plant, but the authenticity of the photos could not be verified.
The dictator was accompanied by several senior North Korean officials including his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, Korean Central News Agency said.
Asked about the KCNA report, US President Donald Trump said:
‘I’d rather not comment on it yet. We’ll have something to say about it at the appropriate time.’
There has been widespread speculation about Kim Jong-un’s health after he missed the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim Il-sung on April 15.
The day is a major holiday in North Korea and Kim as leader usually pays a visit to the mausoleum where his grandfather lies in state.
Following his absence from the anniversary, a South Korean news outlet specialising on the North reported Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure, Daily Mail reports.
A flurry of other unconfirmed reports about his condition and his whereabouts followed including from vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou who claimed he was dead. Officials in South Korea and the US were sceptical.
The former top US diplomat for East Asia Daniel Russel said the pieces of the puzzle of Kim’s disappearance would take time to assemble.