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North Korean leader Appears in Public Amid Death Rumours, State Media Reports

Amid rising theory over his health, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly made his first public appearance in 20 days on Friday. North Korean state media has revealed that Kim attended the completion ceremony of a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, South Pyongyang Province.

According to reports, the North Korean leader, who was rumored to be die cut the ribbon of the fertilizer plant and put all speculations to rest. Reports said that people present at the factory ‘broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah’ after witnessing Kim amidst them.

Speculations about Kim’s ill health have mounted since he has not appeared in public for almost three weeks. Yesterday, a North Korea deserter elected as a lawmaker in South Korea had claimed he was ’99 percent’ sure that Kim died after surgery.

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“I’ve wondered how long he could have endured after cardiovascular surgery. I’ve been informed that Kim died last weekend,” Ji Seong-ho, who earned a proportional representation seat of a minor party in the April 15 elections, told Yonhap News Agency, adding that North Korea may make the related announcement this weekend.

Furthermore, he added, “It is not 100 percent certain, but I can say the possibility is 99 percent. North Korea is believed to be grappling with a complicated succession issue.”

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