Skip to content
Subscriber Only

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Emerges From Almost Three-Week Absence

  • Kim quells health speculation, visits factory with sister
  • Trump says he ‘may’ talk to North Korean leader this weekend
Video player cover image
Who Is Ready to Succeed North Korea's Kim Jong Un?
Updated on

Kim Jong Un ended his almost three-week absence from public events with a factory visit, an appearance that will ease, but not end, concern about the stability of the North Korean regime and control of its nuclear arsenal.

Kim presided over a May Day ceremony to mark the completion of the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory northeast of the capital Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency reported early Saturday. State media released photos showing the North Korean leader in a black Mao suit cutting a ribbon outside the facility, which non-proliferation experts say could be used to help produce fissile material for nuclear bombs.