North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has reappeared after three weeks of public absence after he was dead, seriously ill, recovering from heart surgery, hiding from the coronavirus or plotting his next nuclear coup .
State media yesterday was dominated by images and images of a jovial Kim opening a fertilizer plant that could also produce uranium for nuclear warheads.
The importance of Kim’s location, date and companions for what North Korea knew would be the time all over the world was clearly chosen with the utmost symbolic precision.
Dressed in a black Mao suit, he emerged from the isolation of one of his regime’s flagship projects, the Sunchon phosphate fertilizer complex 30 miles north of Pyongyang.
Observers from North Korea – including presumably