By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 11:56 BST, 23 July 2019 | Updated: 11:56 BST, 23 July 2019
A Japanese sushi chef who worked for Kim Jong-un and his father has resurfaced in Pyongyang weeks after he was feared to have vanished.
Reports which emerged in Japan last month claimed that Kenji Fujimoto had been arrested on suspicion of a 'past betrayal'.
The sushi specialist's Pyongyang restaurant was feared to have been shut down amid claims he had sold North Korean secrets to the CIA.
But Britain's ambassador to North Korea has revealed that Fujimoto is alive and well, sharing pictures of his lunch at the restaurant on Tuesday.
He's alive: Japanese sushi chef Kenji Fujimoto prepares vegetables for the British ambassador to North Korea - confounding reports he had been arrested or purged
Reunion: Kenji Fujimoto pours a glass for Kim Jong-un in a picture he shared after the younger Kim came to power in North Korea
'Lunch today prepared by master chef Kenji Fujimoto at his Pyongyang Japanese restaurant. Sashimi set was excellent,' said ambassador Colin Crooks.
The chef was seen busying himself over a large pile of vegetables and shaking hands with the British envoy, confounding reports of his disappearance.
Such claims are frequently voiced in North Korea and are often extremely difficult to