North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un in coma? Sister named as ‘de facto second in command’

Reports of North Korean Leader's failing health has once again resurfaced, prompting questions. North Korea is currently reviving its economy due to the damage caused by the deadly floods amid a global pandemic.

A South Korean diplomat has sparked reports that claim North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has fallen into a state of coma which is Kim Jong-Un ceded power to his sister by naming her de facto second in command. She is responsible for the relationship between South Korea and the United States. This isn’t the first time that the leader’s absence has sparked rumors of his ill health.

Chang Song-min, a former aide to South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-Jung, made the sensational claims to South Korean media, according to the New York Post.

Chang suggested that Kim Jong-Un is 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.”

According to reports by the NIS, Kim Yo Jong was not the only one given an increased portfolio. Other higher-ranking officials in North Korea’s government and ruling Workers’ Party have taken on greater responsibilities to alleviate the stresses on Kim Jong Un. These are in part to shield the leader from blame for government wrongdoing or incompetence.

North Korea is currently going through a deep crisis after heavy flooding wreaked havoc in the state. The hermit country was the first to close its border once the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The South Korean NIS stressed that Kim Jong-Un’s decision to delegate some responsibilities is not tied to any information regarding Kim’s health, succession plans, or his grip on power.

In April, reports circulated that Kim Jong-Un had heart surgery after he was not seen in public for nearly three consecutive weeks. The North Korean government however never explained Kim’s absence. Speculations became wild when the North Korean leader missed a commemoration that celebrated the 108th birthday of his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.

Kim Yo Jong has been part of the North Korean leader’s close confidante’s since the beginning. However, her rise in the public eye has increased exponentially in the last 1 year leading to speculations that she is being groomed to taker over.

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