Ogbeta.ng: South Korea insists Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’ amid death rumors

Monday, 27 April 2020

South Korea insists Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’ amid death rumors


South Korea believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “alive and well” despite rumors that he is gravely ill or dead, officials said on Sunday.


"Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top foreign policy advisor, told CNN.

“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 claim from the controversial leader’s neighbor adds to the confusion surrounding the North Korean strongman, who has been the subject of conflicting reports in recent days that he had died, was in a vegetative state, or — as South Korea says — is absolutely fine.

A report on Sunday said Kim’s personal train has been parked at his Wonsan compound since at least April 21.

Rumors of the portly leader’s demise were fueled by his absence from a highly anticipated celebration of North Korea’s 88th anniversary last week.

New reports out of Japan claimed Kim was dead, while other reports claimed China had dispatched doctors to assist the critically ill Asian leader.

According to CNN, the official word of Kim’s demise would likely come from North Korean state media — although the announcement of the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong Il, came at least four days after the former dictator died of a heart attack.

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