For the first time in more than three weeks, photos of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un have been published, squashing rumors of his death following botched heart surgery.
The images were allegedly taken at a fertilizer plan in Sunchon, north of the capital city Pyongyang and show a smiling Kim cutting the ceremonial ribbon with his sister, Kim Yo-jong.
The photos were released by state news agency KNCA, however, their authenticity has not been immediately verified by international experts.
The leader has been missing from public action since April 11th, including the April 15th commemoration of the birthday of his grandfather – the most important event in North Korea.
Speculation continued to mount on the international stage as to his whereabouts with American President Donald Trump weighing in to speculate that his absence would be resolved “soon”.
South Korean media speculated that he was taking precautions against the coronavirus pandemic despite the fact that North Korea has not declared a single case since the outbreak started.
This is not the first time speculation has been rife following Kim’s failure to appear in public.
In 2014 he went missing from the public eye for six weeks before resurfacing with a walking stick having supposedly undergone surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle.