The Strategist

South Korean minister: There's nothing unusual happening in North Korea right now

04/27/2020 - 06:50

South Korean inter-Korean relations minister Kim Yong-chol confirmed that there are currently no major changes in the situation in the DPRK.

José Fernandes Jr. via flickr
José Fernandes Jr. via flickr
He said at a closed forum that the government "has intelligence that gives reason to say with confidence that nothing unusual is happening," media reported.

In recent days, there have been reports that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is seriously ill or even died.

Advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in refuted these assumptions. In an interview with Fox News, the official said: "Our government’s position is unchanged. Kim Jong-un is alive and well. He has been in the Wonsan area since April 13. So far, no suspicious movements have been detected."

Earlier, experts of the American site 38 North, which deals with the problems of North Korea, reported that, according to satellite images, the personal train of the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un was recorded at the station of the resort city of DPRK Wonasan on April 21 and 23.

The South Korean Renhap news agency reported that on Sunday North Korean state radio reported that on Sunday, Kim Jong-un conveyed gratitude to the builders of the city of Samjiyon at the opening ceremony of which he himself had previously attended.

The Nodon Sinmun newspaper on Monday announced a gratitude that Kim Jong-un sent to the builders of a tourist complex in North Korea. At the same time, there have been no reports on the leader’s participation in public events.

Rumors about the deterioration of Kim Jong-un's health began to spread after he ceased to appear in public since April 11.