North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance in a month in an absence which had sparked health fears.

State media in the reclusive dictatorship showed him at a party meeting discussing ways to improve the country's deteriorating economy.

The country is facing one of the worst economic crises in its 73-year history amid food shortages and rising unemployment and homelessness.

Wearing his signature suit, Kim said it was time for steps to be taken toward "additional state measures for solving pending problems urgent for the economic work and people's living," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The KCNA said a meeting of the Central Committee will be held sometime in early June to respond to the economic crisis.

North Korea's has been flatlining during the coronavirus pandemic, exacerbated by US sanctions and a lack of trade deals with close ally China.

Tubby tyrant Kim's last public appearance was on May 6, when he posed for a photograph during a gathering of military families.

The North Korean leader's recent absence is thought to be due to Covid-19, NK News said.

Kim's health has been a closely-guarded secret in recent years, known only to a few people in his inner circle.

The dictator's longest absence was in 2014 and when he reappeared he was walking with a cane.

It led to people speculating that he could have been suffering from gout due to his poor diet.

NK News say that this absence is the seventh one since 2020, with his disappearing acts becoming more frequent since the start of the pandemic.

North Korea was speedy in shutting its borders and may have found the underfunded and desperately outdated medical system overwhelmed by the virus.

Pyongyang claims to have had no recorded cased of Covid-19. Despite this North Korea submitted an application for coronavirus vaccines.

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