North Korean state media have published a letter they claim he sent to the South African President on Monday, amid rumours he is dead.
Dated on Monday, the letter congratulates President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s Freedom Day, which marks the end of Apartheid.
In the letter addressed to Ramaphosa, the Kim expressed his certainty that the two nations’ friendship would unendingly expand and develop, in addition to referencing Freedom Day, a public holiday celebrated in South Africa on Monday.
The letter which was dated April 27, 2020, according to the KCNA, was published to dampen rumors that the dictator was in a ‘grave condition’ after he missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15 and Chinese doctors were sent last week to ‘advice him’.
The rumors about Kim’s health started last week when a South Korean online daily, Daily NK, reported that Kim had a cardiovascular surgical procedure because of “excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork.”
The news outlet that focuses on North Korea also said the leader was receiving treatment in a villa in Hyangsan County, north of Pyongyang.