North Korean President, Kim Jong Un missing in action, allegedly hospitalised

North Korean President, Kim Jong Un missing in action, allegedly hospitalised

North Korean President, Kim Jong Un missing in action, allegedly hospitalised

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is in serious condition following a heart surgery, a CNN report quoting an anonymous USA intelligence source familiar with the matter has said.

Kim is the latest in his family's dynasty to rule North Korea's repressive regime, which is responsible for some of the world's worst human-rights atrocities, according to defectors and worldwide watchdogs.

Mystery surrounded Kim Jong Un's health after US and South Korean officials gave differing accounts of the North Korean leader's condition following his unusual absence from recent holiday celebrations.

The North Korean dictator is believed to have issued a standing execution order against Kim Jong Nam and is thought to be behind the 2017 assassination, which employed a nerve agent smeared on Kim Jong Nam's face as he waited for a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Earlier on Monday, Daily NK, a Seoul-based North Korea news website, said Kim was receiving treatment after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.

It is said that the Kim Jong-un and his sister have a close bond, as a result of their years studying in isolation together in Switzerland from 1996 to 2000. The official declined to get into details about the region, only saying that it is not the Mount Myohyang area.

Local health officials weren't asked to confirm cases or submit them to the central government in Pyongyang, Choi said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He added that: "People should know we have a great intelligence community, the president, vice president, Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Esper, General Milley, we've got a lot of watchtowers during this coronavirus crisis making sure America is safe whether it's from a virus or adversary overseas., so we are keeping a close eye on North Korea as we are in other parts of the world".

Though relatively young, Kim appears obese in photographs.

The last time the state-run media reported Kim's activity was his attendance at a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party held on April 11. Kim Jong-un absence at such a crucial event led many to speculate about his health. Most of the information that government analysts accumulate from North Korea comes from state media dispatches and propaganda videos.

We don't know if this intelligence is accurate - whether it's been verified, and whether there is a high confidence assessment that Kim is in danger, or whether this is raw intelligence that needs verification. But his no-show invariably prompted speculation about his health.

Kim was in critical condition after undergoing cardiovascular surgery last week and the Trump administration wasn't sure of his current health, said USA officials, who asked not to be identified. But he was not sure about Kim's current health conditions.

Conservative South Korean lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun, chairman of the National Assembly's foreign affairs and unification committee, said he was told by unspecified non-government sources that Kim had surgery over cardiovascular problems. Kim has made 17 public appearances this year that were mentioned in state media - at a pace of a little more than one a week - the ministry said.

"There have been such rumors since last week, especially in Japan". Madden said Seoul has taken a harder stance against death rumors involving the leadership in Pyongyang over the last decade because of attempts to manipulate the stock market with unsubstantiated news. His absences in the past have sparked speculation about his health, notably in 2014 when he disappeared from public view for approximately 40 days, before returning with a limp. In 2014, he vanished from the public eye for almost six weeks before reappearing with a cane.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, in response to the reports, that "it's not true" and that there was "no specific trend".

The health of North Korea's leader is one of the state's most closely guarded secrets.

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