North Korean Media Claims Kim Jong Un Has Made a Public Appearance
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According to North Korean propaganda, dictator Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance since speculation that he was dead or in a vegetative state.
“KCNA news agency reports that the North Korean leader cut the ribbon at the opening of a fertilizer factory,” the BBC reports. “It adds that people at the factory ‘broke into thunderous cheers of hurrah’ when he appeared.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Though the state media’s reports have not been confirmed, if the report is indeed true, Kim Jong Un’s alleged appearance would be the first he has made since April 12. No pictures have been provided.
For the past month, the status of Kim Jong Un’s health has been the subject of global speculation ever since he missed the birthday celebration of his grandfather Kim Il Sung on April 15. Since then, reports about his status have indicated he was either dead, seriously ill, or barricaded off in a compound somewhere with a thousand concubines. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) even went as far to tell Fox News that Kim Jong Un is either incapacitated or dead.
“Well, it’s a closed society, I don’t know anything directly,” Graham said. “But I’d be shocked if he’s not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don’t let rumors like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea.”
“So I pretty well believe he is dead or incapacitated,” Graham added. “And I hope the long-suffering North Korean people will get some relief if he is dead, and President Trump’s willing to do business with North Korea in a win-win fashion. So, if this guy is dead, I hope the next person who takes over will work with President Trump to make North Korea a better place for everybody.”
According to an aid who works for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong Un is “alive and well.”
“He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13,” foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chung-in Moon said. “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”
During a press conference earlier in the week, President Trump revealed that he was aware of Kim's health but would not speak on the matter.
“I hope he’s fine; I do know how he’s doing relatively speaking,” President Trump said. “You will probably be hearing in the not too distant future.”
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