Kim Jong Un alive and well: South Korea shuts down rumours over North Korean leader’s death

South Korea has said Kim Jong Un is alive and doing fine while rumours of his death continue to do the rounds.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Korea has said Kim Jong Un is alive
  • South Korea told CNN there has been no unusual activity in North Korea
  • Rumours have been going on over the death of Kim Jong Un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health continue to do the rounds, South Korea has once again issued a clarification that he is alive and in fine health. South Korea had downplayed the rumours of Kim Jong Un’s death earlier as well.

In a statement, Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae told CNN, “Our government position is firm, 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.”

Speculation has been rife about the whereabouts and health of Kim Jong Un ever since he skipped the 108th birth anniversary events of his grandfather and the founder of North Korea. The April 15 event is one of the most important in the country and Kim Jong Un has never missed it ever since he took over the reins of the country from his father in 2011.

Meanwhile, North Korean state media remained silent over the health of Kim Jong Un despite many speculating his death. South Korea, on the other hand, continues to say that he is doing well.

Last week, South Korea had made a similar statement and said there was no unusual activity in North Korea.

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Reports claimed that Kim Jong Un had undergone a heart procedure and has been unwell ever since.

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Some reports also started speculating over who will assume power in case Kim Jong Un is unable to rule North Korea because of ill health or death. Some suggested that the next in line would be Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong who has the highest chance of succession.

Believed to be in her early 30s, Kim Yo Jong is in charge of North Korea’s propaganda affairs, and earlier this month was made an alternate member of the powerful Politburo.

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