As Rumours about Kim Jong-un’s health intensify as Chinese medical team is sent to North Korea to advise on his care after ‘heart surgery’

Bayo Ajibola

China has sent a group to North Korea which includes medical professionals to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as reported by three people knowledgeable about the situation.
The visit to the Chinese medical doctors and officials comes in the middle of conflicting reports about the well being of the North Korean leader. Reuters was not able to immediately determine what the trip by the Chinese team signaled in terms of Kim’s health.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) visiting the construction site of the Sunchon phosphatic fertiliser factory in South Pyongan province on January 7

A delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday, two of the people said. The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, and his wife Peng Liyuan taken on June 20, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, and his wife Peng Liyuan taken on June 20, 2019 

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump also downplayed earlier reports that Kim was gravely ill. ‘I think the report was incorrect,’ Trump told reporters, but he declined to say if he had been in touch with North Korean officials.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un stand on North Korean soil while walking to South Korea in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019

Bayo Ajibola

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