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Kim Jong Un makes appearance in public for first time since May 1, state media says

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

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Kim Jung Un made his first appearance in over three weeks Saturday, hosting a military meeting, according to state media reports.

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“Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, according to Reuters.

The agency also released images of Kim speaking from behind a large desk to an audience of men in military uniforms.

Kim had been out of the public eye for weeks before reappearing to mark the opening of a fertilizer factory on May 1, bringing in rumors about his health and possible surgery.

Kim stepped out of the public eye due to coronavirus concerns, South Korea’s intelligence agency claimed earlier this month.

Before that, he hadn’t been seen since April 11. During his absence, he missed the country’s most important holiday, the “Day of the Sun,” which marks his grandfather’s birthday. Kim Il Sung was the country’s first Communist dictator.

In addition to that stretch out of the public eye, Kim has appeared less than half as often this year as he did up to this point in 2019, Reuters reported at the time.

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He unexpectedly replaced his bodyguard and head of North Korea’s spy agency. No reasons were given for the decision.

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