When the 36-year-old dictator failed to show up two weeks ago to celebrate his late grandfather rumors started flying. It was the first time that Kim jong-un missed the country’s most important political date hints of something amiss began April 20th when a leading South Korean group claimed that Kim was recovering from a cardiovascular surgical procedure Kim is an overweight chain smoker and he’s believed to suffer from heart disease like his father and grandfather on Monday at the White House President Trump claimed he was aware of Kim’s situation I can’t tell you exactly “yes I do have a very good idea but I can’t talk about it now I just wish him well”
Kim was last seen April 11th and 12 days later, satellite pictures showing at a train likely belonging to the North Korean leader parked near one of the family’s luxury compounds.
South Korean intelligence reports that he’s staying outside the capital and perhaps in isolation due to coronavirus, but no one is sure that, North Korea is the hardest target with the intelligence professionals caught because it is such a closed society and of course Kim Jong-un’s health.
You know everything about him is a state secret if something were to happen to him, experts point to Yo-jong Kim his younger sister described as one of his most trusted advisers as a successor, the 37-year-olds political influence has grown in recent years playing key roles in U.S. North Korea relations and appearing alongside her brother at major events inside the isolated country including at missile tests and riding horses.
We know from talking to defectors that she is the one person that he trusts the most inside North Korea in March for the first time she issued official statements in her name so it looks like we can interpret that she may be in a position where she’s been being groomed to succeed him the Kim family. Bloodline has ruled the Hermit Kingdom for three generations all were men as potentially the first female leader, it’s unclear whether Kim Jung Jang has what it takes to rule a country highly dominated by conservative males.
The problem there is that, North Korea’s pretty reactionary quite honestly when it comes to gender norms and so there’s a lot of discussion about whether or not the old guard in North Korea would accept the ascension of a female but she is a blood relative. The Kim family, the sort of monarchic feudal line of the Kim family is a central part of North Korean mythology so she’s the obvious choice barring the gender issue.
Another name making the rounds is Kim Jong Il the son of North Korea’s founder, Kim Seong the 65-year-old spent nearly four decades serving in various foreign diplomatic posts before returning to North Korea last year.
Still any sudden changes could create a power vacuum. Experts say, to avoid that North Korea’s powerful military would step in immediately taking center stage until a leader is selected by the government while rumors continue to circulate outside of North Korea.
Inside the country its life, as usual, the streets of the capital Pyongyang teeming with people this week many wearing masks as the country closed off its border in late January due to coronavirus.Continue Reading