Reports have emerged that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is in a coma and that his sister is set to take control.
These reports come from a South Korean diplomat who gave an interview to local media recently.
Keep scrolling to read about the strange drama surrounding this powerful man...
Kim Jong-Un is reportedly in a coma.A South Korean diplomat told local media that he believes that to be the case, however as of yet this has not been confirmed.
Kim Jong Un was born into a family of dictators.After succeeding his father, Kim Jong Il in 2011, the current dictator of North Korea has been hailed as the best of them yet.
But he had a difficult legacy to follow...His father set the precedent as being the overwhelming, dominant personality that has now come to define the country as a whole.
Since he came into power, government scriptures have always legitimized his leadership.It is said that the family history stems from a line of "nationalists who resisted imperialism from the Japanese in the early 20th century" and this can easily be reflected in Jong Un's modern-day leadership.
However, Kim Jong Un has always been more of a mystery compared to his father...With little to no fact-based evidence detected, right from the beginning, Jong Un's identity has been doused in mystery. Even his birthdate has been the center of speculation.
While some outlets claim he was born in the early '80s...Others have cited that he may have actually been born much earlier, but with age and power coming hand-in-hand, the younger the leader is perceived to be, the more powerful he reigns, so no one can be too sure.
But one thing is for sure... We all know him to be an overwhelming force.When the baton was passed to Jong Un, he gladly accepted, promising to continue the regime his dad had implemented on the country and all of its people.
Even though he reformed some agricultural and economic aspects, his rule has been nothing short of brutal.Activists, as well as multiple other Human Rights organizations, have described the country to be one that is riddled with violations and oppressive laws.
And horror stories from within the country's "re-education" camps have proved just how far the regime is willing to go.Civilians that have escaped the dictatorship have revealed stories of torture, mutilation, and abuse from within chainlink fences. Many of them seek refuge in neighboring countries such as South Korea, while some take the risk of traveling further, to China.
One survivor described his ordeal...The Independent published an article outlining the horrific treatment of one man who survived one of North Korea’s "most notorious" forced labor camps.
Kang Cheol Hwan had been trapped for 10 years prior to his escape.He was "confined at the Yodok concentration camp, otherwise known as Camp 15, used to imprison so-called enemies of the state" and the memories he recalled were beyond imagination, including having to watch the "hanging" of multiple campmates who dared defied the rules.
But of course, North Korean officials denied the claims.Aljazeera News stated that "North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses and blames sanctions for a dire humanitarian situation. The country has been under UN sanctions since 2006 because of its ballistic missiles and nuclear programs."
But it's not just civilians that had been caught in the firing line...In order to validate his dictatorship, Jong-Un took it upon himself to execute members of his father's cabinet if he deemed them to be traitors. And among them were many senior officials including his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was considered one of his top advisers at the time.
And not to mention the scandal surrounding his half-brother...In 2017, Jong Un's half brother was mysteriously murdered in Malaysia. It was reported that poison had been used in order to kill him at Kuala Lumpur airport after he became an open critic about his brother's strict regime.
But because the country has always been locked-off from the rest of the world...It has been hard to get front-line evidence of how the others had been disposed of but rumors circulated that they had either been shot or thrown into a camp where they could be monitored.
So it's safe to say Kim Jong Un isn't going to win an award for "Best Leader" any time soon...Despite the fact that he and our President now seem to be the best of friends!
But it seems that his days are now numbered...A few months back, reports about the dictator undergoing intense heart surgery surfaced, which led us to believe that he may not be in the best shape.
Though multiple government officials have denied the claims.Obviously, North Koreans have condemned the rumors and have stated that the health of the country's leader is fine.
Even the South Korean government backed up these claims.
DEVELOPING: South Korea says they have seen no unusual signs with regard to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's heath… https://t.co/bEyF6PU7Jo— Elma Aksalic (@Elma Aksalic)1587438578.0
Days later his death was reported.But these were of course unconfirmed.
The news came from China and Japan.
N. Korea Dictator Kim Jong-un Reportedly Dead After Botched Heart Surgery https://t.co/k4za2feVQc— TMZ (@TMZ)1587836523.0
Someone let the news slip...A Hong Kong-backed news channel's vice director, who's apparently the niece of a Chinese foreign minister, made the claim on Weibo. Posting to her fifteen million followers she revealed that a "very solid source" had confirmed Kim's passing following botched heart surgery.
Yet other sources have claimed otherwise.News came in from South Korea that the North Korean leader is "alive and well" and so the health status of Kim Jong Un remains unclear.
Now, months later, claims from South Korea claim he is in a coma.South Korean diplomat, Chang Song-min, an ex-aide to late-South Korean president Kim Dae-jun, says that North Korea isn't telling the truth and that their leader is in a coma. He said:
I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended.
The diplomat added that Kim's sister will be taking over.Speaking to local media, he explained:
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.Of course the reports are unconfirmed - however it appears that things are pretty sketchy in North Korea right now.