South Korea’s Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to President Moon Jae-in, says that “our government position is firm. Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
Moon’s statements come amid conflicting reports about the condition of North Korea’s leader. CNN last week reported that U.S. intelligence believed Kim was in “grave danger” following a surgery, while Bloomberg and NBC News also issued reports saying they had heard he was incapacitated.
This weekend, a Hong Kong news outlet reported that Kim was dead, while a Japanese outlet reported he was “in a vegetative state.”
Until we see evidence that Kim is alive and well, it is likely the rumors will persist.