"It is not clear whether the set of information is related to the health of Kim," the conservative newspaper said.
The defense ministry source told the newspaper that no major military movements have been detected in
The Japanese foreign ministry declined to comment on the Sankei report, which cited unsubstantiated rumors that the secretive North could announce Kim’s death or a change in leadership following a coup.
Reports of Kim's illness surfaced after he failed to appear at the country's 60th anniversary parade on Sept. 9. South Korean officials have said he underwent brain surgery following a stroke around mid-August.
North Korean state television a week ago aired photographs of the 66-year-old Kim inspecting a women’s artillery base, although a
Some reports said Kim has suffered partial paralysis.
The Sankei report came one day after Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun said North Korea had ordered its diplomats overseas to prepare for an "important announcement" that may be related to Kim’s health.
The Yomiuri, quoting several unnamed sources familiar with North Korean issues, said Saturday that
The Japanese government learned about the order on Friday, the Sankei said.
The Sankei quoted another unnamed source as saying: "It is clear that
"I've heard about media reports about
"Up till now,
"We keep closely monitoring it, but the current judgment is that it is difficult to believe they are reliable stories," the source told Yonhap, adding there were no unusual movements in the North.