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[Breaking] NK leader Kim reportedly in critical condition after surgery: CNN

Speculation mounts over Kim's health, but no confirmation yet about rumors

By Choi Si-young

Published : April 21, 2020 - 11:10

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (KCNA-Yonhap) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (KCNA-Yonhap)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in critical condition after surgery, CNN said Tuesday, citing a US official with direct knowledge of the matter.

Earlier on Monday, a South Korean online media outlet specializing in North Korea news reported Kim underwent a cardiovascular procedure and was in recovery. 

Kim was not present at the celebration of the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il-sung on April 15, fueling speculation about his health. It was the first time he had been absent from the event since he came to power in 2012.