Seoul, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not undergone surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said on Sunday amid speculation about his health that continues to persist even after he reappeared. publicly in the past few days.
North Korea he said on Saturday that Kim participated in the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang on Friday, in his first public appearance in about 20 days.
While Kim's resurgence, captured in videos released by North Korean state media, concealed intense rumors that he could be seriously ill or even died, some media and observers have even raised questions about KimCheers, citing moments when your walk seemed a little rough at the factory.
A senior South Korean presidential official told reporters on Sunday that the government had determined that Kim had no surgery or any other procedure, according to the presidential Blue House.
South Korea has an irregular history of confirming developments in North Korea, one of the most secret countries in the world. But when rumors about KimThe health of its surface has surfaced in recent weeks, the South Korean government firmly dismissed them as unfounded and maintained that there were no unusual activities in the north.
It was not the first time Kim disappeared from public view for an extended period. In 2014, when he reappeared after six weeks of absence, he walked with a cane and used an electric cart. O North Koreascenes provided on Saturday showed Kim riding in an electric cart similar to the one he used in 2014, when he was reported to have an ankle injury.
Kim, 36, is the third generation of his family to govern North Korea with an iron fist that does not tolerate dissent. He has not publicly anointed his successor and rumors about his health have raised concerns about the political stability of the North and its nuclear program.
In 2018, Kim they entered into talks with President Donald Trump about the fate of his nuclear arsenal, but his diplomacy has been hampered in recent months. Trump tweeted on Saturday that "I, for one, am happy to see that he is back, and well!"
North Korea didn't explain KimAbsence, including why he missed the celebration of his late grandfather's April 15th birthday and North KoreaFounder, Kim Il Sung. It is the most important state anniversary in the North, and Kim has not skipped the event since he came to power in late 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.
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