China comments on the health of the North Korean leader

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Chinese foreign Geng Shuang made this statement during a daily press briefing after he was asked about reports of sending a Chinese delegation comprising medical experts to North Korea, And whether the delegation was sent for help Kim Jong Un Or to help his country deal with Corona Virus.

Three people familiar with the situation had told Reuters that a Chinese team was sent to North Korea on Thursday to advise on Kim, but it was unclear what that meant in terms of his health.

South Korean officials have called for caution amid reports that the North Korean leader may be ill, stressing that they have not detected any unusual movements in North Korea.

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yoon-chul, who is in charge of communicating with North Korea, said at a closed forum on Sunday that the government has intelligence capabilities that allow it to say with confidence that nothing unusual is happening.

Rumors and speculation about Kim’s health began after he failed to attend a prominent official ceremony on April 15 and has not appeared in public since then.

South Korean media reported last week that Kim may have undergone cardiovascular surgery or is in isolation to avoid the emergence of the emerging coronavirus.

On Monday, the official North Korean media did not show any new photos of Kim and did not mention his whereabouts, but published reports about his sending a letter of thanks to the workers who build a tourist resort in Wonsan, which some South Korean media said might be there.

Moon Chung-in, the chief foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon J-in, told US media that "Our government’s position is firm".

He continued: "Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in Wonsan since April 13. No suspicious movements have been detected yet".

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the statement during a daily press briefing after he was asked about reports talking about sending a Chinese delegation comprising medical experts to North Korea, and whether the delegation was sent to help Kim Jong Un or to help his country deal with the Corona virus.

Three people familiar with the situation had told Reuters that a Chinese team was sent to North Korea on Thursday to advise on Kim, but it was unclear what that meant in terms of his health.

South Korean officials have called for caution amid reports that the North Korean leader may be ill, stressing that they have not detected any unusual movements in North Korea.

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yoon-chul, who is in charge of communicating with North Korea, said at a closed forum on Sunday that the government has intelligence capabilities that allow it to say with confidence that nothing unusual is happening.

Rumors and speculation about Kim’s health began after he failed to attend a prominent official ceremony on April 15 and has not appeared in public since then.

South Korean media reported last week that Kim may have undergone cardiovascular surgery or is in isolation to avoid the emergence of the emerging coronavirus.

On Monday, the official North Korean media did not show any new photos of Kim and did not mention his whereabouts, but published reports about his sending a letter of thanks to the workers who build a tourist resort in Wonsan, which some South Korean media said might be there.

“The position of our government is firm,” Moon Chung-en, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told US media.

He continued: “Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in Wonsan region since April 13th. No suspicious movements have been detected yet.”



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