North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not gravely ill, two South Korean government sources said on Tuesday, following reports he had undergone a cardiovascular procedure and was now in "grave danger".
This latest report directly contradicts CNN's reporting that Kim was in “grave danger.”
An authoritative U.S source familiar with internal U.S government reporting on North Korea questioned the CNN report that Kim is seriously ill, even though he has been out of the public eye for an extended period.
There has been speculation over Kim's health after he was absent from an event marking the anniversary of the birthday of its founding father and Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.
South Korea says it can't corroborate reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely ill, with an official in the presidential office saying Seoul believes he is with officials traveling outside the capital, Pyongyang. https://t.co/W9dAbkY9uY— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2020
There are conflicting #reports on the health of #NorthKorean leader #KimJongUn.— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) April 21, 2020
While it isn’t surprising he hasn’t been seen in public in days, it is unusual he missed his late grandfather’s birthday — normally the nation’s biggest celebration. pic.twitter.com/35WDNY5O2Z