South Korea says Kim Jong-un is 'alive and well'

MANILA, Philippines – South Korean official said North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is "alive and well."

"Our government position is firm. 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," Moon Chung-in, top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in told CNN.

South Korea says Kim Jong-un is 'alive and well'
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In the past days, rumors surfaced saying the 36-year-old dictator may be ill or dead.

Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai reported on Friday that he was in a “vegetative state" and cannot recuperate.

Meanwhile, vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou claimed that the Kim has already died, citing a “very solid source,” according to press reports.

The speculations on Kim Jong-un's health began when he skipped an annual event at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on April 15 to commemorate the birthday of his late grandfather, national founder Kim Il-sung. North Korea’s state media last reported on Kim’s whereabouts when he presided over a meeting on April 11.

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday downplayed reports that Kim was gravely ill. "I think the report was incorrect," he said. Trump has met Kim three times in an attempt to persuade him to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens America as well as its Asian neighbors.

— The Summit Express

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