North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was spotted walking in the port city of Wonsan in North Korea, days after unverified reports about his death had emerged. South Korean newspapers claim that Kim was in Wonsan to inspect the construction of a resort complex in the city’s tourist area.

Published accounts from sources also claim that Kim Jong Un headed to the resort complex in the old trading port after some members of his staff had fallen ill.  Based on earlier reports, the supreme leader was down with a severe illness after undergoing a heart surgery.

According to North Korean defectors in Seoul who maintain sources in North Korea, Kim’s urgent surgery was due to excessive smoking, obesity, and overwork. The supreme leader has also been battling cardiovascular disease since August 2019.

A source has also revealed that Kim has always been accompanied by a physician of late. Residence of the dictator reportedly has its own medical facilities and equipment to ensure that Kim is well-tended. “How would North Korea not prepare for that as Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il died from a heart attack?” the source said.

Rumors about Kim’s failing health started when Kim missed the anniversary celebration honoring the birth of the country’s founder, his grandfather Kim Il Sung, on April 15. However, South Korean media dispelled the rumor and said no unusual activity has been spotted in North Korea regarding the leader’s death. On April 23, U.S. president Donald Trump also dismissed the rumors about Kim Jong Un's death.

“I think the report was incorrect,” Trump said at a recent White House briefing. “We have a good relationship with North Korea, I have a good relationship with Kim Jong-Un and I hope he’s OK,” he added.

Meanwhile, rumors about Kim’s death have been widely reported due to the world’s fascination with the isolated country. Although much about North Korea remains unknown, the North Korean leader is known by the people of the outside world.

kim jong un North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a welcoming dinner on Sept. 18, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Getty Images/Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool