The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim attended the ceremony Friday of the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang. The ceremony, was held in Suncheon with other senior officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong, who many analysts predict would take over if her brother is suddenly unable to rule.
Without publishing images, state media reported he was carrying out routine activities outside public view, such as sending greetings to the leaders of Syria, Cuba and South Africa and expressing gratitude to workers building tourist facilities in the coastal town of Wonsan, where some speculated he was staying.
Speculation about his health swirled after he missed the April 15 celebration for his late grandfather Kim Il Sung, the country’s most important holiday, for the first time since taking power in 2011.
South Korea’s government, which has a mixed record of tracking Pyongyang’s ruling elite, repeatedly downplayed speculation that Kim, believed to be 36, was in poor health following surgery.
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