Kim Jong-UN at a meeting of the Central Committee of the workers ‘ party of Korea, April 12, 2020

Rodong Sinmun

Kim Jong-UN met with military pilots, 12 APR 2020

Rodong Sinmun

South Korea’s online newspaper Daily NK, citing an unnamed source reported the deteriorating health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN. April 15 North Korean leader was absent from the celebrations on the occasion of the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il sung, as, according to some, is experiencing health problems due to obesity, Smoking and stress.

“I understand that he struggled with heart problems since August of last year, but his condition deteriorated,” Daily NK quoted an unnamed source. According to him, currently, Kim Jong-UN is recovering in a Villa in the resort County Hansan 100 km North-East of Pyongyang after undergoing 12 APR heart surgery, where he was urgently summoned the best surgeons in the country. Along with Kim Jong UN, are more than 30 members of his personal guard and a large number of employees of the first Department of protection of the DPRK.

Despite the fact that the Daily NK is not included in the list of leading South Korean media cites a single anonymous source, the news about the illness of the North Korean leader has not gone unnoticed in the United States. CNN quoted a source in the administration of President trump, confirmed that Washington is studying intelligence about the deteriorating health of Kim Jong-UN and admits that his life could be in great danger. A similar statement was made on a press-conferences in Tokyo the Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga.

“We are familiar with these messages. What’s around North Korea causes us considerable interest, we have made efforts to collecting and analyzing information, coordinating closely with the United States,” said Suga.

The reason for the new wave of statements and comments on the topic of illness of Kim Jong-UN became his absence April 15 at celebrations in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun – the celebration of the 108th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the founder Kim Il sung.

As reported by the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (KCNA), Kim Jong UN did not participate in the traditional ceremony held at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, for the first time in many years. The last time Kim Jong UN appeared in public a week and a half ago – April 11, when he held a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the workers ‘ party of Korea on issues of domestic policy.

“We can’t confirm anything, in North Korea there are no signs of unusual activity,” – said the official representative of the administration of South Korean President Kang Min Seok.

At the same time, the administration of South Korean President moon Jae-In tried to disavow the information about the illness of Kim Jong-UN. After the General election of April 15, South Korean authorities are waiting for the resumption of dialogue with the DPRK, relying on “personal chemistry” between the two leaders. It is not excluded that we are talking about the “stuffing”, which made opponents, moon Jae-Ins headed by ex-President Park Geun-Hye. They put the current administration criticized for attempts at rapprochement with North Korea.

Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei chepa said to “Interfax” that the DPRK, as in many other countries steps are being taken to protect North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN from coronavirus infection. This, in his opinion, can be explained by the absence of Kim Jong-UN at a gala event.

Chepa said that today the who has no information about the spread of the virus in North Korea, although it is near South Korea and with China.”And when in these regions, the virus has spread about the DPRK is not reported”, – he said.

First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov called the information that has appeared a fake. “In the U.S. there are many people who earns pseudoacacia, and one of the most favourite places of birth fake news – just the DPRK,” said Novikov, quoted by “Interfax”.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin “had seen media reports”, but do not know to what extent these reports are true. He also urged journalists to wait for official data for this reason.

In 2014 Kim Jong-UN for almost a month disappeared from the sight of the media and once again appeared in public, leaning on a cane. The North Korean official sources, the situation did not comment, and South Korean intelligence then reported that he had a cyst removed from the ankle.