- The dictator’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong has reportedly assumed much of her ailing brother’s powers.
- Chang Song-min said thus: “I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended.”
- “A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo Jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period,” he added.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is rumored to be seriously ill, and is in a coma, according to a South Korean diplomat. The official, Chang Song-min, is well known in the Korean diplomatic circles, and he previously served as a personal assistant to the late South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung.
Reports further reveal that the dictator’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong has already assumed much of her ailing brother’s powers, and she is likely to succeed him should the worst happen.
Chang, while speaking to the local South Korean media, stated that the recent pictures of the North Korean dictator recently published by the country’s media— especially in recent months— are all fake.
He says the North Korean leader has been in a coma for several months. Chang Song-min said thus: “I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended.” He added, “a complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo Jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period.”
Just last week, The spy agency of neighboring South Korea released a report to the effect that Kim will gradually transfer authority to his sister “to ease stress,” but he will still maintain maximum authority.
Notably, however, the dictator has made very rare public appearances this year, with reports in justification to the same stating that he is merely keeping a low profile this year to keep himself safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is not the first time that the North Korean dictator’s health status has been a subject of speculation, rumors, and innuendos. In April, rumors of his possible death, or being in a vegetative state, following a botched heart operation, spread all over the world. They were later refuted when he made a surprise appearance at a local fertilizer factory.
The dictator’s 33 years old younger sister is said to be his very close ally. Educated in Europe, just like her brother, Kim Yo-Jong is believed to be behind the current renewed aggressive approach to neighboring South Korea.
As per a report by the Daily NK, sources in North Korea claim that by so doing, she is tactfully securing her position in the regime. There are also reports to the effect that her brother has been grooming her, owing to his poor health, so that she succeeds him should he die before his 12-year-old son and an heir apparent comes of age.
Kim Yo-Jong’s strategy is said to be her keenness on winning some “revolutionary achievements,” so as to get the support in North Korea’s ruling class, which is highly traditional.
A source revealed that it long dawned upon her that, unlike her ruthless brother, she can’t rule the country from the military. Thus, she is using the Propaganda and Agitation Department to expand her authority, just like her late father Kim Jong-il did.