Kim Jong Un: Pompeo says preliminary experiences present pictures fired from North Korea had been ‘unintended’

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“I’ve seen that reporting too. I’ve seen a few of our inside info as properly. We are able to affirm no less than the preliminary experiences are that you have described are nearly proper. A handful of pictures that got here throughout from the North. We predict these had been unintended. South Koreans did return fireplace as far as we will inform there was no lack of life on both aspect,” Pompeo stated Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

The experiences come a day after President Donald Trump appeared to verify that North Korean chief Kim Jong Un is “alive and properly,” and retweeted North Korean state media photographs of Kim attending a ribbon chopping ceremony on the Sunchon Phosphatic Fertilizer Manufacturing unit.

A US official instructed CNN on Saturday that the present evaluation from a number of threads of intelligence is that the photographs printed by North Korean state media exhibiting Kim at a fertilizer plant opening are professional. CNN can not independently confirm the authenticity of the {photograph} or video or the date it was shot.

Questions concerning Kim’s well being had been initially raised after he missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15. He had been seen 4 days earlier than that at a politburo assembly, in keeping with North Korean state media, KCNA.

CNN beforehand reported that the US was monitoring intelligence that Kim was “in grave hazard after a surgical procedure,” in keeping with a US official. One other US official instructed CNN Monday that the issues about Kim’s well being are credible, however their severity was onerous to evaluate.

On Sunday, Pompeo was tight-lipped concerning Kim’s well being.

“We do not know why he selected to overlook that second. We all know there’ve been different prolonged intervals of time the place Chairman Kim’s been out of public view as properly, so it isn’t unprecedented. So there’s not a lot I can share with you aside from we have seen the identical pictures from yesterday that the world noticed. It seems like Chairman Kim is alive and properly,” Pompeo stated.

“No matter any of that, our mission is, stays the identical — to persuade the North Koreans to surrender their nuclear weapons, to confirm the identical and to then create a brighter future for the North Korean folks.”

Requested if he was gravely in poor health in the course of the interval the place Kim was out of public view, Pompeo would solely say that “I simply cannot say something about that.” He additionally refused to say whether or not the US had any details about whether or not Kim’s scenario was linked to Covid-19 or a coronary heart subject.

CNN’s Jeremy Diamond and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.

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