North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in over three weeks Saturday, hosting a military meeting.
KCNA said "crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People's Army" were taken at the meeting, as well as actions "putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation." The dictator signed orders "enhancing" the responsibility and roles of major military educational institutions, reorganizing the military command system "to meet the mission and duty of the security institutions" and promoting the military ranks of commanding officers. Before, Kim stepped out of the public eye for weeks due to coronavirus concerns, South Korea’s intelligence agency claimed earlier this month.
During his absence, he missed the country’s most important holiday, the “Day of the Sun,” which marks his grandfather’s birthday. Denuclearization talks with the US were not a success. The deadline came and went without any movement from Washington. On the New Year message, Kim announced that his country would bolster its nuclear deterrent. In late March, the country's regime fired an unidentified projectile into the sea near Japan's coast, marking its sixth launch in one month.