US president, Donald Trump has suggested that Kim Jong Un is alive but refused to reveal the truth about the North Korean dictator’s health.
During a press conference at the White House on Monday, Trump was asked about Kim’s well-being due to conflicting reports on Kim’s status that he has died, while reports out of South Korea say he is alive.
‘I can’t tell you exactly. Yes, I do have a very good idea,’ Trump responded when asked about it. ‘But I can’t talk about it. I just wish him well. I’ve had a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,’ Trump said.
Trump went on to defend his own policy with North Korea saying: ‘If I weren’t president, you would have been in war with Korea.
‘You would have been in war with North Korea if I wasn’t president. That I can tell you. He expected that. That I can tell you. I hope he’s fine. I do know how he’s doing relatively speaking. We will see you’ll probably be hearing in the not too distant future,’ Trump teased.
Commenting on Kim’s message to workers in the country published in North Korean state-media Sunday, Trump said. ‘He didn’t say anything last Saturday. Nobody knows where he is so he obviously couldn’t have said it,’ Trump added.
‘This is breaking news, that Kim Jong-un made a statement on Saturday – I don’t think so,’ Trump said.
There have been rumors and conflicting reports over Kim’s health since he failed to attend an event that honored his Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung on April 15, and he has not been seen in public since.
Several report said that he underwent a life-saving heart surgery,which either wasn’t done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon, after he clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside.