‘I’m glad to see he is back & well!’ Trump welcomes Kim Jong-un’s public reappearance after weeks of death rumors
US President Donald Trump, who has been asked about Kim by reporters on a near-daily basis recently (and who dropped some cryptic remarks, like saying he had “a very good idea” about Kim’s condition but could not “talk about it”) welcomed his “friend’s” reappearance in public.
I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well! https://t.co/mIWVeRMnOJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2020
North Korean state media released photos and video of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, opening a new fertilizer plant on Saturday. Said to have been shot on May 1, the footage shows a smiling Kim cutting the red ribbon, accompanied by workers from the plant and other officials, including his sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Rumors of Kim’s illness and even death by a variety of causes – ranging from botched heart surgery to a mishap during a missile test – were actively spread by Western media, while lacking any solid proof and backed only with accounts from various ‘intelligence’ and ‘defector’ sources. They were triggered by the fact that Kim missed the celebrations of his late grandfather’s birthday amid the coronavirus pandemic, and North Korean media published no new footage of Kim since April 12.
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