Kim Jong-un 'Flees Pyongyang over Coronavirus'

      March 11, 2020 13:29

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have fled Pyongyang for fear of the coronavirus epidemic there.

      "Intelligence analysis suggests that Kim Jong-un has been away from Pyongyang for a considerable time," a government source here said on Tuesday. "This appears to be connected with the coronavirus outbreak."

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) smiles as he watches a firing drill in Sondok, South Hamgyong Province on Monday, in this photo from the [North] Korean Central Television on Tuesday. /Yonhap

      Kim is reportedly staying in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, where he last made a public appearance during military drills, a Unification Ministry spokesman said.

      He oversaw the test-firing of super-large multiple rocket launchers in Wonsan on March 2 and in Sondok, South Hamgyong Province, around 60 km from Wonsan on Monday.

      Kim has his favorite dacha in Wonsan. 

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