South Korean authorities are closely monitoring news about the whereabouts of North Korean state Council Chairman Kim Jong-Un amid a lack of information about his recent public appearances. This, as reported by the Yonhap News Agency on Friday, was announced at a briefing in Seoul by a representative of the Ministry of unification of the Republic of Korea.
As the Agency notes, Kim Jong-UN, who appeared in public on May 1 after a long absence, again withdrew from the international public eye and did not look at public events for three weeks. This caused a new wave of speculation about the whereabouts of the North Korean leader, Yonhap points out.
“The relevant authorities are closely monitoring the situation,” a spokesman for the unification Ministry said in response to a question about Kim Jong-Un’s whereabouts.
On April 11, Kim Jong-Un held a meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Workers ‘ Party of Korea (WPK) on domestic policy, after which there were no reports of his appearance at official events until May 1 in the media of the DPRK. The absence of the Chairman of the State Council of the DPRK at the annual session of the Supreme people’s Assembly on April 12 and the ceremony on the occasion of the 108th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung on April 15 gave rise to allegations in the Western and South Korean media about Kim Jong-Un’s health problems and alleged surgery.
In early May, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the print body of the country’s ruling Workers ‘ Party, showed photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un from the opening of a fertilizer plant. However, some experts have questioned the authenticity of the picture.