Kim Jong-un: Trump ‘glad’ about reappearance of North Korean leader

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52518184

US President Donald Trump has said he is “glad” that Kim Jong-un has re-emerged and appears to be healthy.

“I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Mr Trump tweeted, after the North Korean leader reportedly attended the opening of a fertiliser plant.

It was Mr Kim’s first public appearance in almost three weeks.

His absence – particularly from his late grandfather’s birthday celebration on 15 April – had sparked intense global speculation over his health.

KCNA news agency reported that Mr Kim cut the ribbon at the opening of the fertiliser factory on Friday, and added that crowds “broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah” when he appeared.

Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump: I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!

On Monday, amid speculation and rumour about Mr Kim’s health, President Trump had said he had a “very good idea” about Mr Kim’s condition, but added that “I can’t talk about it”.

“I just wish him well,” he added at the time.

President Trump and Mr Kim have developed a unique relationship in recent years.

The two men have met three times since 2018, and have exchanged personal letters with each other that Mr Trump has described as “excellent”.

However, talks about the denuclearisation of North Korea have stalled in recent months.

What did the state media report say?

According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Mr Kim was accompanied by several senior North Korean officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong.

The North Korean leader cut a ribbon at a ceremony at the plant, in a region north of Pyongyang, and people who were attending the event “burst into thunderous cheers of ‘hurrah!’ for the Supreme Leader who is commanding the all-people general march for accomplishing the great cause of prosperity”, KCNA said.

KCNA news agency reported that Mr Kim cut the ribbon at the opening of the fertiliser factory on Friday, and added that crowds “broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah” when he appeared.

JCNAニュースによると、金正恩氏は金曜日、肥料工場のオープニングセレモニーにてリボンカットを行ったと伝え、彼が現れたとき、何千もの万歳三唱の状態になったとした。

break into… ~の状態になる。
hurrah…万歳

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