The Chairman of the DPRK State Council, Kim Jong-un, first appeared in public for 20 days attending the opening ceremony of the Suncheon Fertilizer Plant. This was announced on Saturday by the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (CTAC).
“Dear senior leader, comrade Kim Jong-un, personally cut the ribbon symbolizing the completion of construction by taking part in the ceremony,” the CTAC noted. According to the agency, the grand opening of the plant with the participation of the DPRK leader took place on May 1 and was timed to coincide with the international holiday of workers, which is traditionally widely celebrated in the people’s republic.
“To the sound of the welcoming march, Comrade Kim Jong-un went to the ceremony venue,” the CTC informed. “All participants shouted“ Hurray! ”, Welcoming the respected senior leader.” In a festive atmosphere, the leader of the DPRK cut the tape to complete the construction, and then “waved his hand at the jubilant builders and the masses.”
Kim Jong-un also went through some workshops of the new plant, where he was told about the processes of phosphorus and fertilizer production for agriculture based on it. As TsTAK emphasized, the DPRK leader called the commissioning of the Suncheon Phosphate Fertilizer Plant “an important point in bringing the country’s chemical industry to a higher stage.”
“All participants who solemnly celebrated the significant completion of the construction with the participation of respected senior leader Comrade Kim Jong-un, were passionately enthusiastic to support the party’s leadership and ideas, with a spirit of self-reliance and unshakable firmness, to glorify this year when 75 is celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and thus continuously striving for new victories, “the CTAC summed up.
The DPRK leader has not appeared in public since April 11, when he held a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Labor Party of Korea (TPK) on domestic policy issues. In particular, Kim Jong-un did not attend the annual session of the Supreme National Assembly (ANS) on April 12, and also for the first time since his reign did not attend the gala ceremony at Kumsusan Sun Palace, which took place on April 15 on the occasion of the 108th anniversary of his birth Kim Il Sung. The absence of Kim Jong-un in the ranks of the country’s leadership on the main national holiday gave rise to rumors about a possible illness for the DPRK leader. Kim Jong-un’s participation in the opening ceremony of the Suncheon Fertilizer Plant was his first public appearance on April 11.