He’s alive! Kim Jong Un appears in public for the first time in 20 days

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un ( National Post)

BUZZ Fam, you may have seen the headlines alleging that the supreme leader of North Korean Kim Jong Un was incapacitated, some even claimed that he was dead.

But on Friday, state media reported that Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days at a ribbon cutting ceremony at a fertilizer factory in South Pyongan Province. They even released a photo showing him cutting the ribbon.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un (Photo: Reuters)

The report went on further to say that people at the factory “broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah” when he appeared on Friday.

Speculation about Kim’s health began after he missed the birth anniversary celebrations of his grandfather, state founder Kim Il-sung on 15 April. An event that he has never missed before.

This anniversary is one of the biggest events in the North Korean calendar, and Kim usually marks it by visiting the mausoleum where his grandfather lies.

After his absence from this momentous occasion, claims about his ill-health then surfaced in a report for a website run by North Korean defectors.

An anonymous source told the Daily NK that they understood he had been struggling with cardiovascular problems since last August “but it worsened after repeated visits to Mount Paektu”.

Pretty soon, international media ran with the story, and well, here we are.