KIM Jong-un has reappeared after ANOTHER three week absence to discuss putting his nuclear forces on “high alert” amid speculation about his health.
The North Korean leader, 36, vanished for 20 days last month before turning up on May 1 at a newly-constructed fertiliser plant before again disappearing from public.
Now, the secretive kingdom’s propaganda news agency has released images of the dictator speaking at a conference of the Central Military Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
He hosted the meeting to discuss new policies to bolster the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media KCNA said.
“Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation,” KCNA said.
However, the pictures have not been independently verified.
Following his first disappearing act, reports emerged claiming the despot had died or was gravely ill after a botched heart operation.
South Korea officials say they believe the coronavirus pandemic which has swept the world may be linked to his recent lack of public appearances.
Citing an unnamed government official, JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported Kim may be carrying out his duties from his lavish villa in Wonsan, on the country’s eastern coast.
North Korea still denies it has a single case of Covid-19.
Since May 1, state media has carried a steady stream of stories on Kim sending or receiving letters and diplomatic correspondence, but have not shown him attending public events.
Kim’s longest public absence was for 40 days in 2014 when he is believed to have undergone a medical procedure on his ankle.
This comes as Kim’s Supreme Commander emblem has been erased from state TV, according to reports.
The symbol of a star and wreath was absent in a number of shows about the ruthless dictator and also “covered up” in one segment, NK News reported.
According to the news outlet, which utilises defectors and sources within the secretive country, the move may be linked to constitutional changes last year that scrapped the title “Supreme Commander.”
Kim is now referred to as “commander-in-chief.”