Kim’s absence sparked speculation about his health this week, after reports that he was in critical condition after undergoing heart surgery, while South Korean “News” agency said that the Korean leader may be in Wonsan, a coastal city in Kangwon Province, where he was overseeing the construction of a large resort.
The agency clarifies that the movement of vehicles designated for the North Korean leader’s motorcade indicates that he is not present in the capital, Pyongyang, adding that the special train used by the leader was stationed in Wonsan, while his private plane remained in the capital.
And media reports in South Korea indicate that Kim will remain outside Pyongyang as a precaution for fear of infection with the emerging coronavirus “Covid-19”.
For its part, South Korea says it does not see any indications that Kim lost his grip on power, but the United States says it has a plan if it happens, while US President Donald Trump says reports about Kim’s health are “wrong.”
“CNN” was the first to report the deterioration of the Korean leader’s health, according to unidentified intelligence sources, stressing that his health is at risk, while the Chinese and Korean press downplayed these reports, explaining that he is being treated normally after a medical procedure he underwent this month.