On Monday, US President Donald Trump almost confirmed that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un was alive after days of speculation over the dictator’s health. Rumour mills were set into motion after Kim did not make an appearance at his late grandfather Kim Il Sung's birthday celebrations on April 15-- the most important day in the country’s political calendar.
Speculations about Kim's death were rife-- while some said he was dead, others reported he was in a vegetative state.
Donald Trump, when asked if he had new information about Kim Jong Un's health, he said “yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can’t talk about it now. I just wish him well.”
“I hope he’s fine,” Trump continued, speaking at a White House press conference. “I do know how he’s doing, relatively speaking.”
Trump said the media would “probably be hearing in the not-too-distant future” about Kim.
The North Korean dictator has not made a public appearance since presiding over a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on April 11, and the following day state media reported on him inspecting fighter jets at an air defense unit.
Following speculative media reports, a top security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday said that Kim was indeed "alive and well."