Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he has no information on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's health, but added the United States will push for Pyongyang's denuclearization regardless of any change in leadership.
Commercial satellite images showing boats that are used by Kim and his entourage were uploaded onto NK Pro's website.
Unconfirmed rumours spiked after he skipped an annual visit to the mausoleum of his grandfather Kim Il-sung on the late national founder's April 15 birth anniversary, the North's most important national holiday, Yonhap News Agency reported.
That followed a report last week by a US -based North Korea monitoring project, 38 North, which reported satellite images showed what was believed to be Kim's personal train was parked at a station reserved for his use at the villa in Wonsan.
In their analysis of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly meeting held in mid-April, the National Assembly Research Service said Kim Jong-un could give all his authority to his sister Kim Yo-jong.
Pyong il was sent on diplomatic exile from 1979 onward after Jong-il convinced their father Kim il Sung that he was ineligible for ruling, thanks to his "womanising" reputation, IB Times reported.
The report noted Kim Yo-jong's official statements toward South Korea and the United States in place of her brother earlier this year as some of her recent major activities. Ri Jong Ho, a high-profile North Korean defector who now lives in the U.S., told the Seoul-based DongA Daily newspaper that Kim may have been injured in the exercises.
North Korea is prone to food shortages.
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According to experts, the North Korean leader is said to be staying at Wonsang.
"We haven't seen him".
"Our mission is the same, regardless of what transpires inside of North Korea with respect to their leadership", Mr. Pompeo said.
Due to it being difficult to obtain reliable media reports from North Korea it is hard to know for certain if the dictator is dead or alive.
It said the train's presence did not prove Kim's presence, but the station was reserved for the exclusive use of the Kim family, "lending weight to the multiple reports that Kim has been staying in the Wonsan area".
Trump, who has boasted that he prevented war with North Korea, met Kim twice more after Singapore but talks have been off for most of the past year. "Kim Yo Jong has a special status in the regime, and I think in this case, her connection to the Kim family trumps her gender". He said, "I can't tell you, exactly - yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can't talk about it now".
The totalitarian state, which prides itself on self-reliance, was ravaged in the 1990s by a starvation estimated to have killed at least hundreds of thousands of people.