North Korean leader Kim Jong-un today sent a message of appreciation to a group of workers reproduced by the state propaganda, which has not published recent images of the marshal for more than two weeks while circulating information with various conjectures about his health.

Kim sent a brief message of thanks through the country’s leading daily newspaper, Rodong, to those working on the tourism project on the Kalma Peninsula in the city of Wonsan (east coast), precisely the place where satellite images have shown that their special train is parked. The newspaper’s article begins by saying that Kim “has sent his thanks to the workers who have actively supported the construction of the Wonsan Kalma tourist district with their efforts,” one of the major developments of the Pionyang regime, which he hoped to be able to open around April. The article goes on to list and thank a number of people responsible for overseeing the construction, logistics or medical care of the workers, but does not mention further details about the North Korean leader.

The North Korean media has reported in recent days that Kim has sent diplomatic letters or gifts. However, they have not reported any activity of Kim Jong-un on the ground or published a current picture of him since April 12, when they reported a meeting of the one-party political bureau held the day before and chaired by the dictator.


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