South Korea Spy Agency Says No Signs North Koreas Kim Received Heart Surgery

SEOUL—There are no signs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received heart surgery when he disappeared from state media for three weeks, but he reduced public activity due to CCP virus concerns, South Korean lawmakers briefed by the spy agency said on Wednesday.

Kim attended the completion of a fertilizer plant, North Koreas official media said on Saturday, the first report of his appearing in public since April 11.

His absence fueled a flurry of speculation about his health and whereabouts, with a South Korean news outlet reporting Kim was recovering from a cardiovascular procedure, while CNN said U.S. officials were monitoring intelligence he was “in grave danger” after surgery.

Members of South Koreas parliamentary intelligence committee said after a meeting with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) that the reports were “groundless.”

“The NIS assesses that at least he did not get any heart-related procedure or surgery,” committee member Kim Byung-kee told reporters. “He was normally performing his duties when he was out of the public eye.”

“At least theres no heart-related health problem.”

But the lawmaker said Kim Jong Un only made 17 public appearances so far this year, compared with an average of 50 from previous years, which the NIS ascribed to a possible Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus outbreak in North Korea.

Kim Jong Un (C) cuts a tape
Kim Jong Un (C) cuts a tape
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) cuts a tape, watched by his sister Kim Yo Jong, during his visit to a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, near Pyongyang, North Korea, in this May 1, 2020, photo provided by North Korean state media. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

“Kim Jong Un had focused on consolidating internal affairs such as military forces and party-state meetings, and coronavirus concerns have further limited his public activity,” Kim Byung-kee said.

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