South Korea downplays concerns over Kim Jong Un’s health

North Korea's leader missed important celebrations amid speculation he recently had surgery.

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April 21, 2020 - 9:35 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presides over a military parade on April 15, 2017. Photo by (Yonhap News/Newscom/Zuma Press/TNS)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials reported no unusual activity in North Korea today following unconfirmed media reports that leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile health after surgery. 

But the possibly of high-level instability raised troubling questions about the future of a nuclear-armed state that has been steadily building an arsenal meant to threaten the U.S. mainland amid stalled talks between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump. 

South Korea’s presidential office said Kim appeared to be handling state affairs as usual and that it had no information about rumors regarding his health. But many will be watching closely for any signs of trouble in North Korea, and whether it will address the reports — something it has not yet done.

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