The dictator has appeared at a politburo (communist executive committee) meeting on protection measures against Covid-19, the first photographic evidence of him in public since June 8.
Details of the agenda suggested inter-Korean relations weren’t discussed despite recent tensions with Seoul, NK News reports.
“At the meeting, as the first agenda item they reviewed the work of the past 6 months for preventing the malignant contagious disease and discussed an issue on further consolidating the present anti-epidemic situation by enhancing the state emergency anti-epidemic work,” a state media KCNA read-out said.
It comes after the longest-ever disappearance by the reclusive leader, with rumours going into overdrive after he vanished from public sight in April.
There were claims that Kim had coronavirus, that he was in a “vegetative state” and even that he had died and his sister was moving into position to take over as Supreme Leader.
A photo went viral claiming to show the leader dead in a coffin, but it was quickly proven to be fake.
Kim quashed those rumours by showing up at a fertiliser plant in May, before immediately vanishing again.
He has missed multiple important North Korean state events in recent months, including the fourth anniversary of his own appointment to chairman of the State Affairs Commission this week.
North Korea’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been shrouded in mystery, with no official figures released.
Some reports say hundreds of residents have been quarantined on suspicion of having the virus, but state officials have yet to confirm if the disease has in fact made its way into the country.
Neighbouring South Korea has had one of the most successful responses to Covid-19 in the world with just 282 deaths, but there have been worrying flare-ups in recent days.
The North Korean politburo discussed the “hastening of the ongoing construction of a new hospital in Pyongyang to deal with the pandemic.
Kim has reportedly expressed his satisfaction with how the project is progressing.