North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un in grave danger after surgery

BREAKING: The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure early this month, according to a US official with direct knowledge.

The U.S. was monitoring intelligence reports that Kim may be in “grave danger after a surgery,” CNN reported. The White House declined to comment on the report.

Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well-being. He had been seen four days before that at a government meeting.

Daily NK, a website run mostly by North Korean defectors, cited unidentified sources inside the isolated state saying Kim is recovering at a villa in the Mount Kumgang resort county of Hyangsan on the east coast after getting the procedure on April 12 at a hospital there.

Kim’s health has deteriorated in recent months due to heavy smoking, obesity and overwork, the Daily NK report said.

Kim left for the hospital after a meeting on April 11, where he was publicly last seen, the report said.

There are no officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Korea, although South Korean sources state that the pandemic is steadily affecting the country.