North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has met a visiting Chinese envoy, China's Xinhua news agency reports.
Wang Jiarui, a senior Chinese Communist Party official, met Kim Jong-il on a visit to the capital, Pyongyang.
The North Korea leader suffered a suspected stroke in August, since when he has not appeared at any major events.
Photographs of the 66-year-old visiting factories and farms have been released, but they have been undated.
The meeting with Mr Wang is Mr Kim's first reported meeting with a foreign dignitary since August.
Chinese media said Mr Wang has met Mr Kim several times in the past.