Pentagon sees Kim Jong Un in 'full control' of North Korean military, nukes

People watch a TV news broadcast about Kim (pictured) at a railway station in Seoul on April 21, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A top US general said on Wednesday (April 22) that the US military had no indication that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been incapacitated or lost any control of the country's military.

Asked about reports that Kim had undergone surgery and may be still under treatment, Pentagon Joint Chiefs vice-chairman John Hyten said, "I can tell you that, in the intel, I don't have anything to confirm or deny anything along those lines."

"I assume that Kim Jong Un is still in full control of the Korean nuclear force and the Korean military forces," he said.

"I have no reason not to assume that," he added in a briefing for reporters.

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