US President Donald Trump has rejected studies that North Korean chief Kim Jong Un was ailing, criticising his frequent nemesis CNN for operating the story.
“I believe the report was incorrect, let me simply put it that means,” Trump informed reporters on Thursday.
“I am listening to they used outdated paperwork.” Trump declined to say if he had direct data from North Korea that Kim was advantageous.
He as an alternative attacked cable information community CNN, with which the US chief has an acrimonious relationship.
“I believe it was a pretend report carried out by CNN,” Trump mentioned at a every day briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, earlier than refusing to take additional questions from a journalist of the community.
CNN, quoting what it mentioned was an nameless US official, on Monday reported that Washington was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in “grave hazard” after present process surgical procedure.
Every day NK, a web based media outlet run principally by North Korean defectors, individually mentioned that Kim underwent a cardiovascular process earlier this month and was recovering at a villa in North Phyongan province.
It mentioned that Kim, who’s in his mid-30s, had wanted pressing remedy on account of heavy smoking, weight problems and fatigue.
Trump’s denial of the report got here two days after he declined to remark, saying solely that he wished Kim nicely.
South Korea, which continues to be technically at conflict with the North, earlier mentioned it couldn’t affirm the studies on Kim and reported no uncommon actions in its neighbour.
Trump has met Kim thrice in historic summitry and has voiced admiration for him, though hopes have dimmed for reaching a complete settlement.
“I hope he is not in medical bother. I hope he is not. I’ve gotten alongside very nicely with him. Bear in mind you’ll have been in a conflict with North Korea if I did not get elected president,” Trump mentioned on Thursday.
Trump declined to say when he was final in contact with Kim, saying: “We’ve a very good relationship with North Korea, pretty much as good as you possibly can have.”