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N Korea at crossroads

Kim drives home message with fertilizer plant reemergence

North Korea attempts to show economic 'breakthroughs' at home and abroad

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited the fertilizer plant several times, as seen here in this image released in January by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The sudden appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fertilizer plant after a mysterious nearly three-week absence raises an obvious question: Why there?  

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