Apr. 27 – South Korean officials are prudent about reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have health problems or being in precautional isolation because of Covid-19 concerns after a surgery.
There is no certainty about the actual situation and officials, in a private forum on Sunday, stated also that no uncommon movements have been detected in North Korea.
South Korea’s Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, which is in charge of dealing with the North, said the government has enough intelligence resources to claim that there are not significant and unusual actions in that area.
Rumours and speculations involving the 36-years-old North Korean leader are increasing since that he deserted a main public event on April 15. According to a South Korea media, he was in isolation (to avoid the risk of contracting coronavirus) after a cardiovascular surgery.
Unification Minister Kim denied this rumour, stating that the hospital was not enough equipped for that type of operation.
There is also a precedent: in 2014, when President Kim disappeared from state media for more that a month before being showed again by national media.