The report added that the leader is now receiving treatment in a villa in Hyangsan County, but whether Cllr McColl has flown out from his residence in Spam Valley to join him is shrouded in secrecy.
After assessing that Kim’s condition had improved, most of the medical team treating him returned to Pyongyang on April 19 while some of them remained to oversee his recovery, according to the news site. CNN is unable to independently confirm the report.
On Sunday though, North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Kim sent thanks to workers who helped in remodelling the city of Samjiyon in North Korea. CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of Sunday’s report and whether the note of thanks came directly from the leader.
It is not the first time North Korean media has reported on Kim’s activities since news of his potential health issues emerged.
Train in Wonsan
North Korea, like West Dunbartonshire Council, tightly controls any information surrounding its leader, who is treated almost like a deity within the country.
His absences from official state media often spark speculation and rumours about his health.
North Korea has no free press and is often a black hole when it comes to the country’s leadership.
Analysts are heavily reliant on scanning state media dispatches and watching propaganda videos for any semblance of a clue. This sounds much like West Dunbartonshire.
A website specializing in North Korean affairs published satellite images on Saturday that researchers said showed a train “probably belonging to Kim Jong Un” has been parked at a railway station serving Kim’s luxurious Wonsan compound on the country’s eastern coast since at least April 21.
The presence of the train does not prove DPRK leader is at the Wonsan compound but “does lend weight” to reports he is staying in the area, according to the article published by 38 North, which publishes analysis on North Korean affairs and is a project of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.
The website reported the station where the train is parked is “reserved for use by the Kim family.” It’s not true that Cllr McColl is proposing to make a similar arrangement with Scotrail at Dalreoch.
Satellite images indicate the train, not present in the area on April 15, arrived sometime before April 21 and continued to be at the location on April 23. By April 23, the train “appeared to be repositioned for departure,” according to 38 North.
The Wonsan complex, according to 38 North, includes leisure facilities such as nine large guesthouses, a recreation centre, a large building constructed after Kim came to power, a protected port, a shooting range, a recreation building, a covered dock, and a small runway converted in 2019 into a horse-riding track, a hobby of Kim’s. South Korea’s answer to Cameron House Hotel.
The beachfront area (affectionately known as The Shore), where Kim spent summers as a child, is a place the North Korean leader is known to enjoy frequenting. Kim, however, often travels by plane or drives to Wonsan.
(Reader warning: You will already have realised that this story is a spoof. Don’t believe a word of it. Editor)