May 3, 2020 / 7:27 AM / a month ago

South Korea Blue House's assessment is Kim Jong Un did not have surgery - Yonhap

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the completion of a fertiliser plant, in a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 2, 2020. KCNA/via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s assessment is that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not have a surgery, local news outlet Yonhap said, citing an unidentified senior official at presidential Blue House.

“There were speculative reports that Chairman Kim underwent a surgery citing some difference to his walk,” the official was cited as saying.

“We have reasons to believe that there was no surgery, but cannot disclose such details.”

Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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