Kim Jong-Un is still alive!
After weeks of speculation that the North Korean leader is critically ill or dead, South Korea has tried to put the rumors to rest. However, verification outside North Korea remains to be seen.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well,” South Korean sources reported Sunday, after weeks of health speculation after Kim missed several key events and reported to have undergone heart surgery.
Speaking with U.S. broadcasters, Moor Chung In, South Korean Foreign Affairs Advisor Moon Jae-in, said the North Korean leader was in good health.
“Our government position is firm. 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,” the advisor said in an interview with CNN.
Probably the best news to hear in the midst of the CoVID-19 crisis. We face death every day, and regardless of whether it’s a pandemic or something else, we all have to wish everyone well.
North Korea is one of the world’s most secretive nations in the world and information about its repressive leader is extremely difficult to verify.
Speculation about Kim’s health started to circulate after North Korea’s leader didn’t attend the April 15 anniversary celebration of his grandfather’s birthday, an important national holiday he hadn’t skipped in the past since his 2011 takeover.
A Seoul-based website called Daily NK announced last week that the North Korean leader underwent heart surgery on April 12 and was recovering at a villa outside Pyongyang, the capital. The story of The Daily NK was based inside North Korea on a single source. Many media outlets, including CNN, claimed Kim’s safety may be in “extreme danger.”
The state-controlled North Korean media has been quiet in recent weeks about Kim’s whereabouts. A photo of him, dated April 11, was released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, which it said shows Kim attending a political bureau meeting of the ruling Korea Workers’ Party in Pyongyang. Nevertheless, neither the photo’s content nor date could be reliably checked.
The Government of North Korea has reported zero cases of coronavirus, an assertion experts say it is almost certainly false.
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