Trump says 'glad' that Kim Jong-un 'is back, and well'

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald said Saturday that he was pleased with the reappearance and that the leader is apparently healthy.

For my part, I am happy to see that he has returned, and well! Trump tweeted, following Kim's first public appearance in nearly three weeks after intense speculation that he was seriously ill or possibly dead.

North Korean state television showed Kim walking, smiling broadly and smoking a cigarette at what the North said was the opening of a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, north of Pyongyang on Friday.

Rumors about Kim's health have been circulating since his apparent non-appearance at the April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather, the founder of the North, the most important day in the country's political calendar.

His absence triggered a series of feverish rumors and unconfirmed reports of his condition.

Kim's disappearance from public opinion came as Pyongyang's talks with the North's nuclear arsenal are stalled, despite three meetings between Kim and Trump.

If Kim had been disabled or died, the uncertainty about the process would have increased.

Trump had downplayed reports of Kim's poor health and possible death.