Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday, March 1, 2019.
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As of 0225 GMT Tuesday, the Korean won fell 1.48% to trade at 1,238.60 per dollar. The South Korean markets saw sizable declines, with the Kospi down 2.15%.
The moves came after CNN reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed U.S. official with direct knowledge, that Washington is “monitoring intelligence” that Kim is in “grave danger after a surgery.”
The North Korean leader was reportedly absent during a celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, raising questions over his health. CNN reported that he had been seen four days to prior that, at a government meeting.