The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well”, said the top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in. This was after the rumor about the health of the North Korean leader and following his absence from a key anniversary.
“Our government position is firm,” said the Moon’s special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in, in an interview with CNN on Sunday. Hw said, “Kim Jong Un is alive and well”.
According to the adviser, Kim had been staying in a resort town in the country’s east called Wonsan since April 13. Also, “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
The conclusion about Kim’s health has grown since his noticeable absence from the birthday celebrations of his grandfather, the North founder, Kim Il Sung on April 15 which marks as the most important day in the country’s political calendar.
Also, Kim has not made a public appearance since presiding over a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on April 11, and the following day state media reported him inspecting fighter jets at an air defense unit.
Due to his absence, the media has released a series of unconfirmed media reports over his condition, which the officials in Seoul dismiss the speculating reports.
“We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now,” said the South’s presidential office on his statement last week.
In an online media outlet called Daily NK, there was a report that Kim was undergoing treatment after a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month. Which made the mid-30s leader made an urgent treatment due to heavy smoking, obesity, and fatigue.
Meanwhile, CNN reported that Washington was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in “grave danger” after undergoing surgery, quoting what it said was an anonymous US official.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected reports that Kim was ailing but declined to state when he was last in touch with him.
On Monday, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that Kim had sent a message of thanks to workers on the giant Wonsan Kalma coastal tourism project.
The previous absences of Kim have prompted speculation about his health.
In 2014 he dropped out of sight for nearly six weeks before reappearing with a cane. Days later, the South’s spy agency said he had undergone surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle.
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