Kim Jong Un: South Korea's security adviser says North Korea's supreme leader is not dead

Kim Jong Un: South Korea's security adviser says North Korea's supreme leader is not dead

- North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un has been missing from the public for the past two weeks amid coronavirus crisis

- There were speculation that he was either dead or was in critical condition after reports emerged indicating he had undergone surgery

- Kim had not made any public appearance since presiding over a Korea Workers’ party politburo meeting on April 11

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South Korea has dismissed reports that North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un is dead saying the head of state is still alive and well in the country's Wonsam.

South Korea's top foreign policy adviser Moon Chung-in disclosed Kim was in good condition and that his government was still firm.

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Kim Jong Un: South Korea's security adviser says North Korea's supreme leader is not dead

North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has been missing from public for over a week now. Photo: The Guardian
Source: UGC

"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," said the adviser as quoted by CNN.

Speculation was rife over the president's health after he missed out on the celebration of his grandfather's birthday Kim Il-sung, the North’s founder – the most important day in the country’s political calendar on April 15.

Kim had not made any public appearance since presiding over a Korea Workers’ party politburo meeting on April 11.

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Many media houses had previously reported Kim was either dead or in a vegetative state given his level of secrecy and suppressed media freedom in his country, which made it difficult for people to know if he was dead or alive.

However, his handlers in South Korea dismissed the reports insisting he was well and that nothing had happened to suggest he was in danger.

“We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now,” the South’s presidential office said in a statement last week.
Kim Jong Un: South Korea's security adviser says North Korea's supreme leader is not dead

US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un (right) during a past meeting. Photo: CNN
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Reports had emerged the supreme leader had undergone an urgent cardiovascular surgery due to his smoking habit, obesity, and fatigue.

The Washington was also reported to be monitoring intelligence that Kim was in grave danger after undergoing surgery.

However, on Thursday, April 23, US president, Donald Trump, rejected reports that Kim was ailing but declined to state when he was last in contact with him.

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