Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’, —-South Korea officials says

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South Korea has debunked claims  about the health and the rumored death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, telling CNN he is “alive and well.”

The dictator was reported dead  following a botched heart operation by Hong Kong-backed news channel HKSTV on Saturday.

“Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told CNN. “Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.

Rumours made the rounds concerning his well being, after he missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15. He had been seen four days before that at a politburo meeting, according to North Korean state media, KCNA.

CNN reported earlier in the week that the United States is monitoring intelligence that Kim is “in grave danger after a surgery,” according to a US official. Another US official told CNN Monday that the concerns about Kim’s health are credible, but their severity is hard to assess.

North Korea as a country is known to tightly controls any information surrounding its leader, who is treated almost like a deity within the country.

Kim’s absences from official state media often spark speculation and rumors about his health, but with the latest information coming in let’s  keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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