South Korea’s intelligence agency claims that rumors about North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un’s health were baseless. It also claimed that no signs of his heart surgery had appeared.
Kim Jong-un has shown his appearance in public after 20 days. He had even missed the birthday celebrations of his grandfather.
Some media reports had stated he was seriously ill or was dead.
However, he attended an opening ceremony of a fertilizer factory, he was apparently in good condition.
Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea’s intelligence agency, talked to a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.
He claimed that there was no sign that news regarding Kim’s health was true.
According to the international news agency, Mr. Kim had appeared around 17 times in public this year. He would usually have appeared around 50 times. The committee had said that the change would have occurred because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The lawmaker Kim Byung-kee said, “It cannot be ruled out that there is an outbreak in North Korea,”
“Kim Jong-un had focused on consolidating internal affairs such as military forces and party-state meetings, and coronavirus concerns have further limited his public activity.”
North Korea and South Korea exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
South Korean guard post was hit by shorts from the North in the central border town of Cheorwon, according to Seoul’s military.
Such types of events are rare, the last time a similar incident had occurred in 2017.
According to the military officials in South Korea, they are trying to examine if this was an accident or a deliberate act.