State run television in North Korea this Monday aired a video of Kim Jong Un attending a party meeting on the weekend.
Kim had not mentioned the North’s increased criticism of South Korea in recent days.
North Korea has lashed out at South Korea, threatening to close a Korean liaison office and other projects if the South Korean government didn’t stop defectors and activists who have been sending leaflets and other material into the North.
On Monday the Northern government didn’t answer a daily phone call with their Southern counterparts, the first time in two years this has happened.
State news agency KCNA focused on the party meeting instead, which revolved mostly around the North’s economy, such as its chemical industry and fertilizer production.
The meeting does come at a time of great economic uncertainty for the secretive state.
Kim has made an unusually small number of outings in recent months, with his absence from a major holiday bringing up speculation about his condition and the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.