TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_A delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday, Reuters reported citing anonymous sources. The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighboring North Korea.
It was not immediately clear what the trip by the Chinese team signaled in terms of Kim’s health, the report added.
The Liaison Department could not be reached by Reuters for comment late on Friday.
The trip came after South Korea and China both refuted a CNN report that the North Korean leader's life was in “grave danger” following a cardiovascular procedure.
On Monday, CNN cited “a US official with direct knowledge” as saying that Washington “is monitoring intelligence” that Kim “is in grave danger after a surgery.”
The following day, government sources in Seoul and Beijing contradicted the report, saying that Kim was not seriously ill.
The presidential Blue House in Seoul also confirmed that there were no unusual signs coming from the North.
Daily NK, a Seoul-based website, also cited unidentified sources within North Korea as saying that Kim was recovering at a villa in the Mount Kumgang resort county of Hyangsan on North Korea’s east coast after undergoing the cardiovascular procedure at a hospital on April 12.