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(LEAD) Trump declines to comment on N.K. leader's reported appearance

All News 07:10 May 02, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with details; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo)

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declined to comment on the reported public appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after a 20-day absence.

"I'd rather not comment on it yet," Trump told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters. "We'll have something to say about it at the appropriate time."

Moments earlier, North Korea's state media announced the first public appearance of Kim since April 11 at a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, north of Pyongyang.

During his absence from public view, news reports described Kim as being in "grave danger" after surgery of hiding out at a coastal resort to avoid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said initially that he didn't know if the report were true then later said he had a "very good idea" about Kim's status but couldn't talk about it.

This AP photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump speaking with reporters as he departs the White House for Camp David, Maryland, on May 1, 2020. (Yonhap)


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