December 06, 2023

Kim Jong Un reappears in state media following 21-day absence

North Korean leader's disappearance from public sparked a storm of international media speculation about his health

Update at 1415 KST and 20:50 EST: this article has been updated to include a comment from South Korea's unification ministry and a response from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim Jong Un was on Saturday reported to have attended a ribbon cutting event at the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory, in the North Korean leader's first public appearance in state media in 21 days.