North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’, says South Korea

South Korea’s special adviser on national security says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is ‘alive and well’

THE adviser downplayed rumours over Mr Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary. “Our government position is firm,” said Mr Moon’s special adviser on national security, Moon Chung-in, “Kim Jong-un is alive and well.”

The adviser said Mr Kim had been staying in Wonsan – a resort town in the country’s east – since April 13, adding: “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”

Conjecture about Mr Kim’s health has grown since his conspicuous absence from the April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North’s founder – the most important day in the country’s political calendar.

Mr Kim has not made a public appearance since presiding over a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on April 11, and the following day state media reported him inspecting fighter jets at an air defence unit.

His absence unleashed a series of unconfirmed media reports over his condition, which officials in Seoul previously poured cold water on.

“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.

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