Kim Jong-un illness rumours denied by South Korea
Reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is seriously ill after heart surgery are not true, officials in South Korea have said.
Headlines that Kim Jong-un was “gravely ill”, “brain-dead” or “recovering from an operation” were always going to be impossible to verify.
But the presidential office in Seoul has said there have been no particular signs from the North to indicate the 36-year-old is “gravely ill”.
It is also not the first time rumours about his health have fired up intense flurries of speculation – only to be later dismissed.