The United States is monitoring intelligence that suggests North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after undergoing a former surgery, according to a US official with the best understanding.
Another source familiar with the intelligence told Cable News Network that the US has been closely monitoring reports on Kim’s health in recent times.
Recall that Kim Jong Un recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised worries about his overall health. Kim was previously seen four days before that at a government meeting.
Another US official said that there the concerns about Kim’s health are true but the severity is hard to assess.
Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea that focuses on North Korea, reports that Kim reportedly received a cardiovascular system process on April 12.
Kim received the cardiovascular system procedure because of “excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork,” according to Daily NK and is now receiving treatment in a villa in Hyangsan County following his procedure.
Following assessing that Kim’s condition had improved, most of the medical team treating him returned to Pyongyang on April 19 and only part of them remained to oversee his recovery situation, Daily NK reports.