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Latest news leader Kim Jong Un's health condition

08:25 | 22/04/2020

There is no uncommon motion suggesting that the health of Kim Jong Un matters, South Korea’s News Agency Yonhap cited a source from the government, basting CNN’s unconfirmed report that the North Korean leader was in fragile health after surgery. 

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Seoul says Kim Jong Un appears to be handling North Korean affairs as usual.

"There is nothing unusual going on in North Korea. It's not true," a government official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity, referring to the CNN report that cited an unidentified "U.S. official with direct knowledge" of the matter.

Presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok also said that nothing unusual has been detected in the North.

"No unusual signs have been identified inside North Korea," Kang said. "There is nothing we can confirm with regard to Chairman Kim's alleged health problem."

The CNN’s query on Kim’s health released right after the Daily NK, a South Korean internet news outlet specializing in North Korea news, reported that Kim has been receiving medical treatment at a villa in the resort county of Hyangsan near Mount Myohyang, north of Pyongyang, following a cardiovascular procedure.

A senior presidential official said that Kim is believed to be staying in a provincial region together with close aides. The official declined to get into details about the region, only saying that it is not the Mount Myohyang area.

While AP cited South Korea's presidential office saying Kim appeared to be handling state affairs as usual and that it had no information about rumors regarding his health.

"No unusual signs have been found that can back up the alleged health problem," the official said. "North Korea's Workers' Party, the military, the cabinet are not showing any special moves, such as an emergency alert."

The official also said that Kim appears to be acting "normally."

In his remark on Tuesday, the US President Donald Trump also slammed the report, saying any report put out by CNN is not much credential.

"These are reports that came out, and we don't know. We don't know," Trump said at a White House coronavirus press briefing. "I can only say this: I wish him well. Because if he is in the kind of condition that the reports say, that the news is saying, that's a very serious condition, as you know, but I wish him well."

Speculation has arisen about what happened to Kim since he apparently skipped an annual visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the 108th birthday of his late grandfather and state founder Kim Il-sung last Wednesday.

Kim was last seen April 11 in state media reports presiding over a political bureau meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, calling for "strict national countermeasures to thoroughly check the infiltration of the virus."

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