North Korea's Kim Jong Un sent a "verbal message" to Chinese leader Xi Jinping after weeks of speculation about his health on Friday, the state-run media reported on Friday, KCNA.
The news agency did not explain what "verbal message" meant, and it was not clear whether Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping had spoken directly.
The message, according to KCNA, was "related to the fact that China has been successful in preventing COVID-19 infection", with Kim Jong Un sending his "warm regards" to Xi Jinping.
Rumors about Kim Jong Un's health have been buzzing since his striking no-show on April 15 on the birthday of his grandfather, the founder of the north – the most important day in the country's political calendar.
He was absent for weeks before reappearing on May 2 at a factory opening.
The temporary disappearance of Kim Jong Un sparked a series of feverish rumors and unconfirmed reports of his condition, while the United States and South Korea insisted that they had no information to believe that one of the suspicions was true.
The north also hit the recent military exercises in Seoul early Friday.
"Such a ruthless movement of the military warmongers on the south side is the culmination of the military confrontation that would leave even its master speechless," KCNA quoted a North Korean military spokesman.
"This is a serious provocation that can never be overlooked, and this situation requires a necessary response from us," said the spokesman.
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