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Although North Korean media has not mentioned anything about Kim Jong Un’s health, or whereabouts, there is intense international speculation that Kin Jong Un has fallen ill due to cardiovascular problems. It was first mentioned after CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto kept claiming that “Kim Jong Un was in grave danger after surgery.”

However, South Korea’s presidential office said Mr Kim seems to be handling state affairs as usual and that it had no information about the rumours regarding his health. 2 South Korean government officials have also rejected the CNN report and South Korea’s presidential Blue House said there were no unusual signs from North Korea. China, North Korea’s only major ally has also dismissed the reports.

Due to the lack of credible information from the secretive nation it will be difficult for any nation to get answers on exactly what is happening inside North Korea. Many will be watching closely for any signs of movement in North Korean politics and news programs.

US President Donald Trump, who held historic summits with Kim Jong Un in 2018 and 2019, in an attempt to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons, says, as far as he knows, the reports had not been confirmed and he “did not put much credence in them.”

“I just hope he’s doing fine, I’ve had a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. And I’d like to see him do well. We’ll see how he does. We don’t know if the reports are true.”

Propaganda about Kim’s health first arose due to his absence on the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim-il Sung, on April 15. The day is classified as one of the most important state holidays in North Korea.

Speculation often surfaces about North Korea’s leadership based on attendance at important state events.

It was a missed parade in 2008 which led to questions about Mr Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il’s health. It was later revealed he had suffered a stroke, and his health deteriorated until his death in 2011. There were no whispers of anything unusual in the days preceding the announcement of his death.

Today, the main headlines from KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) did not include any news on the leader of North Korea. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper also carried older or undated remarks attributed to Kim in articles about the economy, the textile industry, city development, and other topics.

As usual, Kim’s name was plastered all over the newspaper, However it seems that his whereabouts were concealed. Or no one knew.

A website run by North Korean defectors, Daily NK, published claims that Mr Kim had been struggling with cardiovascular problems since August 2019 and was believed to be hospitalised on April 12. However the story’s English version carried a correction on Tuesday to say the report was based on a single unnamed source in North Korea, not multiple as it sated in the previous article.

“His health had deteriorated since August due to heavy smoking, obesity and overwork, and he was now receiving treatment at a villa in the Mount Myohyang resort north of the capital Pyongyang.” reported the Daily NK

Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean deputy ambassador to London who defected to South Korea in 2016, said state media’s extended silence is unusual because it had been quick to previously dispel questions about the status of its leadership.

“Every time there is controversy about (Kim), North Korea would take action within days to show he is alive and well,”

“His absence from the April 15 anniversary worship, in particular, is unprecedented.”

SOURCE: ABC News | Reuters

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My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

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MP files complaint against 3 opposition MPs for allegedly joining the protest

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A member of parliament filed a complaint against 3 opposition MPs for allegedly joining the weekend’s pro-democracy protest where activists demanded reform of the Thai Monarchy. He’s also putting together a legal team aimed at dissolving the members’ 3 opposition parties.

Palang Pracharat MP Sira Jenjakha says he has a photo of the 3 members raising their hands in a 3 finger salute, a symbol of resistance against the military run government. He says the protest was illegal, and the location, the Royal Field next to the Grand Palace, is off limits to unauthorised people.

He filed the complaint with the Chanasongkhram police against Mongkolkit Suksintharanont, of the Thai Civilized Party, Peerawit Ruangluedolapark, of the Thai Rak Thai Party and Nattha Boonchai-insawat of the Kao Klai Party.

A legal team assigned by Sira will collect evidence and file a petition with the Constitutional Court calling on the dissolution of the 3 opposition parties: Thai Civilized Party, Thai Rak Thai Party and Kao Klai Party.

He says he also plans to ask the House Speaker to investigate the 3 members to determine if they breached the parliament’s ethical conduct.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Border police find 160 kilograms of marijuana hidden in fertiliser sacks

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Border police found 160 kilograms of compressed marijuana near an Isaan roadside. Police say they believe the marijuana was trafficked across the Mekong River. No suspects were found and no arrests were made, at this stage.

Police suspect the marijuana was smuggled in on long tail boats from Laos to the Isaan province of Nakhon Phanom during the tropical storm Noul over the weekend. A Border Patrol Police commander, Apisit Rodnoy, says the marijuana was gradually brought across the Mekong River and onto the riverbank in the border district Tha Uthen.

Police say they found 4 fertiliser sacks near a road. The sacks had 200 packages of marijuana adding up to 160 kilograms. Police say it was ready to be picked up by traffickers.

Over the past month, more than a tonne of marijuana has been seized in the province. Police say the compressed marijuana is sold for 3,000 to 5,000 baht per kilogram along the border, but the cost goes up in inner provinces to around 15,000 to 20,000 baht per kilogram.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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4 people drown after SUV careers into canal in Chon Buri

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4 people died after a driver allegedly hit a curb and lost control of her Toyota Fortuner SUV, running it off the road and into a Chon Buri canal.

The driver, 38 year old Sukanya from Bangkok, survived and told police she was driving 6 friends from Bangkok to Rai Lak Thong, a subdistrict in Chon Buri. She says the road was dark and she was unfamiliar with the area. She hit a curb, breaking through the road barrier and overturning the car. The SUV then slid into the a Phanat Nikhom district canal.

The water in the canal was high due to the weekend storm. The driver and 2 others were able to get out through the window, but the others – 1 man and 3 women – drowned in the submerged vehicle. By the time rescue workers arrived and pulled the bodies out of the car, they were dead.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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