ALIVE AND WELL? North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who has not seen in public for two weeks, has reportedly sent a message of gratitude to workers building one of his pet construction projects aimed at boosting tourism in the country.”
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Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has conveyed his appreciation to the workers who devoted themselves to building the Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone,” Yonhap News Agency quoted Rodong Sinmun, the North’s leading newspaper, as saying in a report. The Korean Central Broadcasting Station also carried a similar statement.
The reports came amid lingering speculation that something might be wrong with Kim’s health since he missed an essential annual ceremony on April 15 commemorating the birthday of late state founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-sung. Some unconfirmed media reports have speculated that Kim could be “in grave danger” after surgery.
The recent reports from Seoul concerning Kim Jong Un’s health rumors indeed made things complicated.
An adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Fox News yesterday that the rumours were unfounded. “Our government position is firm,” said Moon Chung-in. “Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far detected.”
The leader, who sent a similar thank-you message to the workers in February, has sought to develop the North’s tourism to beef up an economy faltering under international sanctions. Kim Jong-un was last seen in state media on April 11 presiding over a political bureau meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party, calling for strict measures against the coronavirus.