BBC is still reporting it’s been a month or more since he’s been seen, and that’s when he had the limp. But his No.2 just landed in Seoul suddenly for surprise talks, and since he’s part of Kim’s inner circle, they figure he’s still in power. There are questions about his health though.
Overthrown, probably not. But watch this space, something is going on there. It may just be that a more liberal / reform minded group is making overtures to the south because lil Kim is in hospital or it may be something more. Let’s see.
I note that the first link talked about Kim’s ballooning weight. I had been kind of curious about that; he was always kind of pudgy and round-faced, but he seemed to really be packing it on in the last few years.
20 stone for a guy who’s probably 5’6"? Geez. Now my ankles hurt too.
Perhaps he suffered the same fatehis uncle suffered…
BEIJING – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party.
Of course, anything coming from that little hole in the world is questionable.
If there was a coup and it came from OUTSIDE Jong-Un’s inner circle, i doubt they would’ve let the officials closest to him meet with South Korea towards the end of the Asian games. At least not with them coming back willingly.
He may be in some trouble, not sure if he’s overthrown (yet). As long as he’s still alive he can reassert his authority, but I do have suspicions of my own he may have gotten legitimately sick and some people are using it as a time to take his power away. One thing that puzzled me is North Korean state TV has actually reported him as ill, which in itself is odd. North Korea usually doesn’t admit its leader is human, let alone that he’s sick. The fact that that happened makes me wonder if his control has loosened a bit, and maybe someone is prepping the people for an announcement that “sadly he has succumbed to his illness” or something.
But anything is possible, it could just be he wanted an explanation out there for why he was going to be out of the public eye for awhile and people are running away on speculation. There’s definitely some people who have some level of North Korea experience/expertise who believe he has been overthrown, but we’ve heard that about his father a few times before and Un as well and it’s never been accurate.