On Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he had “no information” about the health and whereabouts about the North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong Un, amid speculations that the latter is unwell.
Guterres said this in response to a question on whether any UN official had spoken to any North Korean official about the health and whereabouts of Kim.
“We have no information about the situation of Kim Jong Un,” Guterres said during a virtual press briefing.
Kim's absence in the April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim II Sung, sent the rumour mills into motion. Soon after this speculations were rife that Kim is not in good health. While some unconfirmed reports said that the leader was dead, others reported that he was in a vegetative state.
So far, North Korea has not commented on the rumours about its dictator.
US President Donald Trump has said he has a “very good idea” about the status of Kim but he cannot talk about it.
“I can’t tell you exactly - yes, I do have a very good idea but I can’t talk about it now. I just wish him well,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference earlier this week.
However, South Korea, after looking into the matter, did report that Kim Jong Un was "alive and well."
However, North Korea is yet to officially confirm or disconfirm any rumour related to Kim. According to reports, citing satellite images, a train likely belonging to Kim has been parked in his compound on the country’s east coast for a week.