New York Senator Chuck Schumer said reports on the status of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remain unclear.
North Korean officials said Kim Jong Un is alive and well Monday morning.
U.S. intelligence has been closely monitoring the situation after reports that Kim underwent heart surgery on April 12th.
Speculation began going around after he missed a celebration honoring his grandfather's birthday on April 15th.
But Senator Chuck Schumer said North Korea remains a dangerous country no matter who its leader is.
"The reports are unclear in that secretive nation as to the status of Kim Jong Un, but I can say one thing: no matter who the leader of North Korea is, it’s a very dangerous country. They have more nuclear weapons, more delivery systems than they have ever had in the past, and we have to be very strong and very tough when it comes to North Korea, no matter who the leader is,” said Senator Schumer.
Officials said if Kim has died, his sister will likely take over as the country's leader.