This new idea, which is gaining momentum, is what several US officials have pointed out. The same thesis is also defended from South Korea. Yesterday, the South Korean Unification Minister, Kim Yeon-chul, insisted that in his country they had not noticed any “unusual activity” and described as “infodemic” all the reports that have come out these days about Kim Jong-un’s health.

In addition, the minister said that it was reasonable for Kim to miss his grandfather’s anniversary celebration as a “precautionary measure” in the face of the pandemic. “I don’t think there’s anything unusual given the current situation. The reports that Kim has undergone heart surgery are fake news,” he said.

It was precisely the absence of the leader on April 15, the 108th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung, one of the most important events in the country, that triggered speculation about his condition. The Seoul-based Daily NK newspaper, which is run by North Korean defectors, reported that the North Korean leader was operated on April 12 for a heart condition. CNN later said that, according to a source in the Trump government, the dictator was in “serious health”. As the days passed and there was no news, speculation began about his death.

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