North Korea’s Disappearing Leader: Speculation Grows Around Kim Jong Un’s Health

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TOPLINE North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un was absent from another important national event Saturday, fueling speculation about his health amid reports that a team of medical experts was sent by China to check on him.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for weeks, sparking speculation about … [+] his health.

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North Korea on Saturday celebrated the 88th anniversary of the founding of its armed forces, the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army—but noticeably missing from fanfare in the state-controlled media footage was the country’s supreme leader, Kim, according to South Korean media reports.
The absence of Kim, who is believed to be 36 years old, has spurred speculation over his health, with reports ranging from that he is gravely ill after a cardiovascular operation to that he’s already dead. 

Reuters reported that a team including medical experts left Beijing for the hermit kingdom on Thursday to advise Kim, led by a senior member of Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, which often deals with North Korea.
South Korean, Chinese and U.S. officials have all challenged emerging reports that Kim is seriously ill after undergoing surgery almost two weeks …

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