Kim Jong Un Reappears After Another 3-Week Absence

Kim Jong Un Reappears After Another 3-Week Absence

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reappeared in public following his second consecutive three-week absence amid rumors about his health, Voice of America reports.

State media on Sunday said Kim presided over a meeting that discussed, among other things, expanding the country’s “nuclear war deterrence.”

Pictures showed Kim signing documents, making a speech and pointing to a television screen that had been blurred by censors.

The pictures, published in the official Korean Central News Agency, revealed no obvious signs of new health problems.

It was Kim’s first public appearance since May 1, when he showed up at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fertilizer factory, following an earlier three-week absence from state media.

A wave of unconfirmed reports in April suggested Kim had experienced a serious health problem, such as a heart procedure. Some reports said he had died.

Since the beginning of the year, Kim has disappeared from public view for about three weeks on three separate occasions. North Korea has not explained the reason for Kim’s absences.