North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is”alive and well”, a top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in stated, downplaying rumors over Kim’s health after his absence from an integral anniversary.
“Our government position is a company,” said Moon’s special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in, in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “Kim Jong Un is well and alive.”
The advisor said that Kim was remaining in Wonsan — a resort city in the nation’s east — because April 13, including: “No questionable moves have been discovered.”
Conjecture about Kim’s health has increased because of his conspicuous absence from the April 15 celebrations for the birthday of the grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North’s creator — the most significant day in the nation’s political calendar.
His lack has unleashed a string of social media reports on his state, which officers in Seoul formerly poured cold water.
“We don’t have anything to affirm and no distinctive motion was found inside North Korea as of today,” the South’s presidential office said in a statement a week.
Daily NK, an internet media outlet run largely by North Korean defectors, has reported Kim was recovering after experiencing a cardiovascular procedure before this month.
Citing an unidentified source within the nation, ” it said Kim, who’s in his mid-30s, had desired urgent care because of heavy smoking, obesity, and tiredness.
Shortly afterward, CNN noted that Washington had been”tracking intelligence” which Kim had been in”grave threat” after undergoing an operation, quoting what it said was an anonymous US official.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday refuted reports that Kim was ill but diminished to say if he was last in contact with him.
It was the most up-to-date in a string of reports lately of announcements issued or action taken in Kim’s title, though none has taken any images of him.
Satellite pictures reviewed by 38North, a US-based think tank, also revealed a train likely belonging to Kim in a channel in Wonsan a week.
It cautioned that the train’s existence didn’t”indicate anything regarding his wellbeing” but failed to”shed weight” to reports that he was remaining on the nation’s eastern shore.
Reporting from within the isolated North is famously hard, particularly on anything related to its direction, which can be one of its most carefully guarded secrets.
Past absences in the public eye on Kim’s role have prompted speculation about his or her health.
In 2014 he fell from sight for almost six months before reappearing with a cane.