South Korea is confident that “there is nothing unusual” about the situation in North Korea, following reports that its leader Kim Jong-un is dead or gravely ill, a senior South Korean official said Sunday.

“Our government has enough information-gathering capabilities to say confidently that there is nothing unusual” about Kim’s status, Kim Yeon-chul, South Korea’s unification minister, said on Sunday, adding that the circulation of rumors amounted to an “infodemic.”

South Korea has continuously denied reports that Kim is seriously ill, with President Moon Jae-in’s spokesman saying earlier this month that South Korea “has so far detected no special signs inside North Korea,” after Daily NK, a South-Korean online newspaper, reported that Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure on April 12. Kim Jong-un was last seen publicly

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