|Minister of Defence, Phung Quang Thanh. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — A top military official has denied rumours that the Minister of Defence, Phung Quang Thanh, had died in France.
On the contrary, the Minister was "still healthy and coming back to Viet Nam soon", Vice-chief of General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, told Vietnam News Agency (VNA) yesterday.
A report by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (the German Press Agency) surfaced early yesterday saying that the Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh had died in a Paris hospital on Sunday from lung cancer, citing a military source.
The news quickly spread over the Internet, perplexing the residents as Thanh had been known to be receiving treatment in Paris.
He was said to being treated for a lung tumour that originated from an old wartime wound. — VNS