A top South Korean diplomat is speculating, North Korea’s Supreme Leader and dictator Kim Jong-Un has gotten into a coma and his sister, presumably next-in-line is all set to take the reigns of North Korea.
A former aide to South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung made the sensational claim to Sout Korean diplomat about the Supreme commander’s dire health condition, Mirror reported.
The claim comes a few days after Jong-Un bestowed some powers to his sister. It must be noted, this is not the first time such claims have comes on the rogue nation and its extremely orthodox – often ambiguous – politics.
According to the South Korean diplomat who made the claim, Jong-Un is in 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”, Dae-Jung told South Korean media, adding that it can spell disaster for the state.
The North Korean leader, who is notorious carrying an air of ambiguity around himself fueled speculations that he was dead earlier this year since he was sparsely seen.
The sensational claim of South Korea also came shortly after a Southern spy agency reported Kim Jong-Un was gradually delegating powers to his close allies, which included his sister, which the agency claims were to “relieve (Kim’s) stress from his reign and avert culpability in the event of policy failure,’ Yonhap News Agency reported.
SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) — 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.
“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 National Intelligence Service was quoted as saying in a closed-door briefing to the National Assembly by lawmakers.
The power shift partly aims to “relieve (Kim’s) stress from his reign and avert culpability in the event of policy failure,” the agency said.
“Chairman Kim Jong-un is still maintaining his absolute authority, but some of it has been handed over little by little,” the agency said.
The last time Kim was thought to have died was after rumors had it that the dictator, thought to be 36, has a “botched” heart surgery to fit a stent that made him gravely ill and finally killed.
But the rumors were quashed after the leader was spotted at an opening ceremony of a fertilizer factory Suchon, 30 miles north of the country’s capital Pyongyang.
Despite the claim, the news is still under a haze of doubt given this is not the first time the brutal dictator’s prolonged absence has fueled speculations of his death.