WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A doctored image of Kim Jong Un in a coffin went viral amid rumors of his death.
- It appears as if the original image was one of the North Korea leader’s late father, Kim Jong Il at his funeral back in 2011.
- Officials from the South Korean government said that Kim is actually absolutely fine.
Rumors have been swirling about Kim Jong Un’s death amid his lack of public appearances. Recently, an image went viral, showing the North Korean leader lying in a coffin, his head on a pillow while most of his body is covered by a red blanket.
However, the Sun reported that the viral photo seems to be a doctored version of Kim Jong Un’s late father, Kim Jong Il, at his funeral back in 2011.
Numerous posts on social media attributed the image to Japanese network JNN and Hong Kong Satellite TV. However, the UK outlet stated that the actual origin of the photo isn’t clear. A similarly edited image of the North Korean leader lying in a coffin was shared previously on Twitter back in October 2017.
Kim has been absent from public view since April 11. On April 15, he also missed the commemoration of his grandfather’s birthday- Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea.
This sparked rumors that Kim Jong Un could be dead, or in a vegetative state following his heart surgery. Some reports say that the North Korean leader is hiding to avoid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, President Donald Trump said during a White House briefing that he has “a very good idea” of where Kim is but “can’t talk about it now”, saying the American people could probably know in the “not-too-distant future.” The US president also added, “I just wish him well.”
South Korean officials said on Tuesday that the government knows his location. They say the man is actually fine and is staying “in the Wonsan area” of North Korea’s eastern coastline.
Source: New York Post