US President Donald Trump appeared on Monday to confirm that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was alive, saying he wished him all the best after days of speculation about the dictator's whereabouts.
When asked if he had any new information about Kim's health, Trump said, "Yes, I have a very good idea, but I can't talk about it now. I only wish him all the best."
"I hope he's fine," Trump continued at a press conference at the White House. "In relative terms, I know how he's doing."
Trump said the media was "likely to hear from Kim in the not too distant future."
The suspicion has grown since Kim's conspicuous no-show was celebrated on April 15 on the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of the north – the most important day in the country's political calendar.
Kim has not made a public appearance since chairing a Labor Party Politburo meeting on April 11, and the following day, state media reported that he had inspected fighter jets in an air defense unit.
Amid media reports that he was ill and speculation that he might even have died, a senior security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that Kim was indeed "healthy and well".
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