Seoul report over Kim Jong Un’s health rumors today. The US is monitoring intelligence that suggests North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after undergoing a previous surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge. The US has been closely monitoring reports on Kim’s health.
Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well-being. He had been seen four days before that at a government meeting. Daily NK, an online media outlet run mostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month and was recovering at a villa in North Pyongyang province.
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“Excessive smoking, obesity, and fatigue were the direct causes of Kim’s urgent cardiovascular treatment,” it cited an unidentified source inside the country as saying.No confirmation of the report was immediately available. South Korean source told CNN Monday that the country’s top leaders are very much aware of reports about Kim’s health status but cannot independently verify details published by Daily NK.
The source acknowledged that Kim’s issues related to weight and smoking are well known but made clear they are waiting for more information. Some South Korean officials raised doubts about the credibility of the sourcing. Moon Chung-in, the security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told AFP that he had not heard anything on Kim’s health. The North’s state media last reported on Kim’s activities on April 12, but previous absences on his part from the public eye have also prompted speculation about his health.
Ahn Chan-il, a defector turned researcher based in Seoul, said heart surgery required sophisticated medical equipment “only accessible in facilities in Pyongyang,” adding it was “unreasonable” to transport it elsewhere for the operation.”Nothing confirmed at this point, and it’s too early to conclude his condition,” he added.