Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-Ju
Ri Sol-Ju was photographed accompanying the dumpy despot at a press event, which occurred sometime this week.
Kim and his wife visited a school, where they met students and planted trees.
The meeting at Mangyongdae Revolutionary School ends fears Ri was killed by her husband for some sort of perceived slight.
It marked almost a year since she was last spotted at a health complex in Pyongyang on March 28, 2016.
Late last year, North Korea sources warned her absence from public events could be due to one of two things: her death or a pregnancy.
Kim Jong-un and Ri Sol Ju appearing at a public event in North Korea
The 32-year-old tyrant has in the past been accused of slaughtering members of his own family. He was famously accused of blowing up his uncle, Jang Sung-taek, with a missile in 2013 after calling him "human scum worse than a dog".
Toshimitsu Shigemura, a Tokyo-based North Korean expert, agreed the absence was a “surprise”.
He said: “This is certainly something of a surprise as Mr Kim himself has been frequently pictured in the North Korean media.
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“There are several possible reasons, including that she is pregnant or that there is some sort of problem between the two of them.”
While fears of her demise have been proved to be unfounded, mystery remains regarding whether or not she gave birth during her extended absence.
Indeed the birth of the couple’s first child was only confirmed when US basketball oddball Dennis Rodman visited his ‘friend’ Kim.
Kim Jong-un helping to plant a tree at a school
He said: “I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well.”
Mr Rodman then described Kim as a “good dad” and a “good guy”.
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