Rumors about the North Korean leader’s health and speculation over his possible death have only increased over the past 2 weeks. North Korea is still sending letters and gifts to foreign leaders and domestic workers in the name of its leader, Kim Jong-un. Its news media brims, as usual, with panegyrical propaganda extolling Mr. Kim’s leadership.
Kim has disappeared for weeks before, only to show up in public as if nothing had happened. Coronavirus has also impacted the country, and the director may be taking precautions to avoid infection.
But, Kim is known to be in poor health, He’s obese, he’s a cigarette smoker, and he’s believed to have severe gout.
All of this has led to rampant media speculation that the 36-year old Kim is recovering from major surgery and gravely ill, and dead, and a flurry of activity by United States Intelligence to figure out what.
One rumor circulating in South Korean messaging apps claims that after French doctors could not wake Mr. Kim from his coma. Kim Pyong-il, a half brother of Mr. Kim’s late father, seized power with the help of pro-Chinese elites in Pyongyang. the North’s capital.
Meanwhile, North Korean media outlets have kept mum about the swirling rumors and continue to act as if life in the Hermit Kingdom is proceeding as usual.
Mr. Kim last appeared publicly on April 11, he presided over a Politburo meeting. Speculations about his health began swirling after Mr. Kim missed state celebrations for his country’s biggest holiday, the April 15 birthday of his grandfather and founder of North Korea.