Kim Jong Un, North Korean powerhouse has died according to sources from North Korea and the Far East, although due to the hyper-secretive nature of the state of the incident the exact picture has remained unclear.
Several news sources from China and Japan have reported the death of the 36-year-old dictator while other sources said he was lying on his death bed in a “vegetative” state with no hope of resuscitation after going through botched heart surgery.
But because of the nature of the hyper secret regime in North Korea claims of Kim Jong-un’s death are very difficult to confirm before having an official state announcement.
A Hong Kong-backed news channel’s vice director, who claims to be the niece of a Chinese foreign minister, let the cat out of the bag. The vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou says a ‘very solid source’ has told her Kim Jong-un was dead.
Some media sources had reported China sent a team of medical experts to North Korean capital Pyongyang. Some few hours ago, a Japanese weekly news publication called ‘Shukan Gendai’ claimed North Korea’s dictator was in a vegetative state after complications from heart surgery.
One of the Chinese doctors who were sent to treat Kim Jong Un reportedly said: “a delay in a simple heart procedure had left the leader severely ill.”
The U.S. President Donald Trump had downplayed earlier reports that Kim Jong Un was gravely ill while saying: “I think the report was incorrect,” before declining to say if he had been in touch with North Korean officials.
Meanwhile, a South Korean source had on Friday said their intelligence was that Kim was alive and would make an appearance sooner than expected, but said he did not have any comment on Kim Jong Un’s current condition or any Chinese involvement.
After an official familiar with US intelligence agreed that Kim was known to have health issues but had no reasons to believe he was gravely ill or unable to reappear in public, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo told Fox News: “I don’t have anything I can share with you tonight, but the American people should know we’re watching the situation very keenly”.
North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated and secretive nations and the health of its leaders are handled as a matter of state security.
Kim Jong Kim’s death would complicate efforts by the U.S. or South Korea to secure any of the nation’s weapons of mass destruction.
This is not the first time Kim Jong Un, 36, is disappearing from coverage in North Korean state media. In 2014, he self-exiled for more than a month and North Korean state TV later photographed him walking with a limp.
However, speculations about his health have revolved around his heavy smoking habit, weight gain since he took over power and family history of cardiovascular problems.
Kim Jong-un was born on 8 January 1983 and became Supreme Leader of North Korea on the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011.