South Korea: Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue

Officials say intelligence reports indicate 'no unusual developments' in North Korea to indicate leader is dead or in fragile condition.


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April 27, 2020 - 9:51 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 Korea’s government has dismissed rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition, as speculation about his health intensifies amid the North’s silence on his whereabouts.

There are concerns, particularly in Seoul and Washington, about what would happen to North Korea and its nuclear program if anything had actually happened to Kim. For South Korea and the U.S., Kim’s absence would mean the departure of a man they’ve dealt with over the past two years to try to achieve the North’s denuclearization, though talks have stalled in recent months. 

Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul told a closed-door forum in Seoul that South Korea has “enough intelligence to confidently say that there are no unusual developments” in rival North Korea that would back up speculation about Kim’s health, his ministry said today. 

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