In his usual White House briefing to media, US President Donald Trump said he knew how Kim Jong Un was, but he couldn't talk about it.
Trump’s response about the Korean leader came to a query asked about whether he had information about the health of the North Korean leader, who has been noticeably absent from state media.
On Monday Moon Chung-in, a foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in dispelling media speculations about the dictator's health saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "alive and well”. Speculation about Kim’s health first arose due to his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, on 15 April.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency and the ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, have given no indication of his whereabouts in routine dispatches since then, but said he had sent birthday gifts to prominent citizens.
On Wednesday, the main headlines from KCNA included pieces on sports equipment, mulberry picking, and a meeting in Bangladesh to study North Korea’s “juche” or self-reliance ideology.
Daily NK, a Seoul-based website, reported late on Monday that Kim, who is believed to be about 36, was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12. It cited one unnamed source in North Korea.
Two South Korean government officials rejected a subsequent CNN report citing an unnamed U.S. official saying that the United States was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in grave danger after surgery. South Korea’s presidential Blue House said there were no unusual signs from North Korea.