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Rumors of Kim Jung Un coma buttress sister’s seizure of power

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A South Korean expert has said that North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, is in a coma, and his sister, Kim Yo Jong, has taken over the reins of power.

Chang Song-min told South Korean media, according to the U.K.’s Mirror: “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 told South Korean media.

Former CIA case officer, Del Wilber, agrees but says it’s likely Kim Jong Un is already dead.

“I think he’s been dead for a while,” Wilber told American Wire.

“It takes time for the line of succession to be sorted out. Looks like his sister has come out on top. I suspect that there have been a number of other dead bodies along the way.”

“I honestly believe he’s dead but you just can’t tell with that country,” said former BBC journalist Roy Calley, who has spent time in North Korea. “I could be in Pyongyang now and be none the wiser.”

He added: “The fact that there is so much information/misinformation being released suggests there is something happening.”

Speculation has mounted as Kim Jung Un disappeared from view. Some have said he died or was in a coma after a botched heart surgery. Others have speculated that COVID-19 killed him as he is morbidly obese and thus highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of the virus.

North Korea, like Iran, relies on a huge number of technical experts from China to keep the country running. Those experts would be the most likely source of a virus outbreak in North Korea.  

Last month, North Korea convened an emergency meeting to discuss COVID measures, one of the only acknowledgments of the virus from China’s nearby neighbor since the outbreak began worldwide.

Although Kim was pictured at the meeting, its widely assumed that he has various body doubles, while the regime stages such meetings to ensure the absolute secrecy of the regime.  

The South Korean government news agency, Yonhap, announced last week that they think Kim’s sister is directing the country whether her brother is alive or dead.

“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delegated part of his authority to his close aides, including younger sister Yo-jong, to have them oversee state affairs, South Korea’s spy agency said Thursday,” according to Yonhap.

“Currently, Kim Yo-jong, the first vice department director of the Workers’ Party Central Committee, is steering overall state affairs based on the delegation.”

The assessment was given to South Korean lawmakers by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).  

PHOTO: Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

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