China has sent a team of medical experts and officials to the neighbouring country North Korea to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
China’s dispatch of doctors and officials comes after conflicting reports about the health of the North Korean leader emerged. On Thursday, a teamled by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department left Beijing for North Korea. The International Liaison Department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring country North Korea. The Liaison Department did not make any official statement regarding the dispatch of a Chinese team to the media, owing to the sensitivity of the matter.
A Chinese official with the Liaison Department and the government officials of South Korea haschallenged subsequent reports suggesting that Kim was in grave danger after surgery. Officials from South Korea also said they that have not detected any unusual signs or activities in North Korea. A Seoul-based website, Daily NK, reported earlier this week that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, also downplayed earlier reports claiming Kim Jong to be in a grave situation. “I think the report was incorrect,” Donald Trump told the reporters on Thursday.The US President declined to comment if he had been in touch with the North Korean officials.
On Friday, a South Korean source stated their intelligence was that Kim was alive and would likely make an appearance soon. The source also added thattheydo not have any comment on Kim Jong’s current health status or about the involvement of Chinese officials.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said, “I don’t have anything I can share with you tonight, but the American people should know we’re watching the situation very keenly.”
Kim Jong-un, who is believed to be 36, is speculation about his health that has been fanned by his heavy smoking, apparent weight gain since assuming power and his family history of cardiovascular problems.