U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday seemed to confirm that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive, saying he wished him well after days of speculation about the dictator's whereabouts.
Asked if he had new information about Kim's health, Trump said, "Yes, I have a very good idea, but I can't talk about it right now. I just wish him the best.
"I hope he's fine," continued Trump, speaking at a press conference at the White House. "I know how he is, relatively speaking."
Trump said the media "will probably hear in the not too distant future" about Kim.
The conjectures have grown since Kim's notorious appearance at the April 15 celebrations, on the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North – the most important day on the country's political calendar.
Kim has not made a public appearance since he chaired an April 11 meeting of the Workers' Party Politburo, and the next day the state media reported on him inspecting fighters at an air defense unit.
Amid media reports that he was ill and speculation that he might even have died, a security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that Kim was indeed "alive and well".