Agencies, Beijing: A concerned China has has sent a team of doctors to North Korea to advise ailing leader Kim Jong-un following reports last week about his medical condition. The trip comes amid conflicting reports about the health of the North Korean leader.
The delegation is led by a senior member of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) international liaison department and left Beijing for Pyongyang on Thursday, a Reuters report said on Saturday.
The visit is set to trigger further speculation about the health of Kim Jong-un who is said to be a heavy smoker, appears overweight and has a history of cardio vascular problems in the family.
Daily NK, a Seoul-based website said earlier this week that Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.
North Korea’s state media last reported on Kim’ on April 11. State media did not report that he was in attendance at an event to mark the birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15, an important anniversary in North Korea.
China is North Korea’s strongest ally and the economic lifeline for a country hard-hit by UN sanctions. China takes keen interest in the stability of the country with which it shares a long and porous border.