Alive and well’: S Korea urges caution on Kim Jong Un rumours
- Speculation around Kim’s health started circulating after he missed one of North Korea’s biggest holidays on April 15,
- Kim was last seen in public on April 11.
North Korea (CNB News) – A top South Korean adviser said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well.”
“Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on Sunday said. “Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
Earlier this week CNN reported that the U.S. is monitoring intelligence that Kim is “in grave danger after a surgery.”
“The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health, but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast,” 38 North said.
Rumours and speculation over the North Korean leader’s health began after he did not appear at a key state holiday on April 15. He has not been seen in public since.
South Korea media last week reported that Kim may have undergone cardiovascular surgery or was in isolation to avoid exposure to the new coronavirus.
However, they did carry reports that he had sent a message of gratitude to workers building a tourist resort in Wonsan, an area where some South Korean media reports have said Kim may be staying.
Speculation around Kim’s health started circulating after he missed one of North Korea’s biggest holidays on April 15, the celebration of his late grandfather Kim II Sung’s birthday.
Kim was last seen in public on April 11.