- North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un has been missing from the public for the past two weeks amid the coronavirus crisis
- There has been speculation that he is either dead or in critical condition after reports emerged indicating he had undergone surgery
- Kim has not made any public appearance since presiding over a Korea Workers’ party politburo meeting on 11 April
South Korea has shut down rumours that North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un is dead.
South Korea's top foreign policy adviser, Moon Chung-in, disclosed Kim is in good condition and that his government is still firm.
"Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since 13 April. No suspicious movements have so far been detected," said the adviser as quoted by CNN.
Speculation was rife over the president's health after he missed out the celebration of his grandfather's birthday Kim Il-sung, the North’s founder – the most important day in the country’s political calendar on 15 April.
Kim had not made any public appearance since presiding over a Korea Workers’ party politburo meeting on 11 April.
Many media houses had previously reported Kim was either dead or in a vegetative state given his level of secrecy and suppressed media freedom in his country, which made it difficult for people to know if he was dead or alive.
However, his handlers in South Korea dismissed the reports, insisting he is well and that nothing has happened to suggest he was in danger.
“We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now,” the South’s presidential office said in a statement last week.
Reports had emerged the supreme leader had undergone an urgent cardiovascular surgery due to his smoking habit, obesity and fatigue.
Washington was also reported to be monitoring intelligence that Kim was in grave danger after undergoing surgery.
However, on Thursday, 23 April, US resident, Donald Trump, rejected reports that Kim was ailing but declined to state when he had last been in contact with him.
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