“I have also seen that report. I have also seen some of our internal information. We can confirm at least the initial report that you have described is almost correct. A number of shots coming from the North.” We think it was a coincidence. South Korea did return fire as far as we know there were no casualties on either side, “Pompeo said Sunday on ABC,” This Week. “
A US official told CNN on Saturday that the current analysis of various intelligence lines was that photographs published by North Korean state media showed Kim at a fertilizer factory opening was legal. CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of photos or videos or the date they were taken.
Questions about Kim’s health initially arose after he missed his grandfather’s birthday celebration on April 15. He had been seen four days earlier at a politburo meeting, according to North Korean state media, KCNA.
On Sunday, Pompeo was silent about Kim’s health.
“We don’t know why he chose to miss that moment. We know there is another long period of time where Chairman Kim is also not seen in public, so it has never happened before. So there’s not much I can share with you other than we have “saw the same picture from yesterday that the world saw. Looks like Chairman Kim is still alive and well,” Pompeo said.
“Apart from all that, our mission is, to remain the same – to convince North Koreans to surrender their nuclear weapons, to verify the same and then create a brighter future for the people of North Korea.”
Asked if he was seriously ill during a period in which Kim was not seen in public, Pompeo would only say that “I cannot say anything about it.” He also declined to say whether the US has information about whether Kim’s situation is connected to Covid-19 or heart problems.
Jeremy Diamond and Jason Hoffman from CNN contributed to this report.