Kim Jong Un has reportedly reappeared to attend a fertilizer factory completion ceremony after an unexplained three-week-long disappearance, according to North Korean state media, which offered photos and videos as proof of life.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim cut the tape at the ceremony marking the completion of Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Factory in Sunchon, north of Pyongyang, on Friday.
After releasing the photos, state media released a video of Kim, smoking and strolling around the factory:
Amid suspicion about the authenticity of the photo-op, the Wall Street Journal claims that the photos and video provided would be very difficult to fake, adding that intelligence officials will likely examine the photos for embedded timestamps, among other markers.
? The 36-year-old North Korean despot has been believed in recent days to be in grave danger due to a botched heart surgery, with reports ranging from Kim being in a "vegetative state" to being deceased.