Rumors surrounding the health of the North Korean despot Kim Jong- Un have been rise since he missed a celebration of the birthday of his late grandfather and the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung, on April 15. It was being reported as fact by media outlets in China and Japan that the 36-year-old dictator was dead. Other sources said he was on his death bed in a vegetative state with no hope of resuscitation after botched heart surgery.
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Because of the nature of the ultra-secret regime in North Korea, claims of Kim Jong-Un’s death complicate to verify before an official state announcement. But a Hong Kong-backed news channel’s vice director, who claims to be the niece of a Chinese foreign minister, made the announcement. Vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou says that a ”best source” has told her Kim Jong-un was dead.
Further sources were reporting a Chinese medical team had sent to North Korean capital Pyongyang. Hours ago, a Japanese weekly called Shukan Gendai claimed North Korea’s dictator was in a vegetative state after complications from heart surgery. A Chinese doctor who believes in having been part of the team sent to treat Kim Jong-Un was reported as saying a delay in a pure heart procedure had left the leader severely ill.
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On Thursday, US President Donald Trump downplayed reports that Kim was ill. “I think the report was incorrect,” Trump told reporters, but he declined to say if he had been in touch with North Korean officials. Trump has met Kim three times in an attempt to persuade him to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States as well as its Asian neighbors. While talks have stalled, Trump has continued to hail Kim as a friend.
A US based project to monitor North Korea has announced that it spotted the special train belonging to him this week at a resort in the country. According to reports, the monitoring project, 38 North said in its statement released on April 25 that the train remained parked at the “leadership station,” which is reserved for the use of Kim’s family, in Wonsan on April 21 and April 23. The group has said that the train “probably belonged to Kim,” but another international news agency has neither been able to confirm its owner nor if the North Korean leader was at Wonsan.
38 North has released satellite imageries to back their claims of spotting a train stationed at the Wonsan compound and even cited several reports that the North Korean leader located, walking around the Wonsan area to recovering at the compound in the north-west of the country at Hyangsan in varying degrees of health.