China has sent a delegation, including medical professionals, to North Korea to advise on Kim Jong Un, a report said Saturday, amid rumors the young North Korean leader is seriously ill.
The team, led by a senior member of a Chinese Communist Party agency that handles relations with Pyongyang, left for North Korea on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The news agency, which cited three unnamed sources, said the Chinese delegation was sent to advise on Kim but did not elaborate on what kind of advice would be given.
“Reuters was unable to immediately determine what the trip by the Chinese team signaled in terms of Kim’s health,” the report said.
It is perhaps the most substantive development in a week full of unconfirmed reports and rumors about Kim’s health.