The War of Control: Kim Yo Jong Takes Control After Kim Jong Un’s Coma


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un fell into a coma, a former South Korean official said, on the heels of rumours, that the northern leader had ceded some of his control to his younger sister.

Chang Song-min, a former aide to late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, believed that the Hermit Kingdom's honcho had become critically ill as he speculated about his limited public presence this year, Mirror said.

"I believe he's in a coma, but his life hasn't ended," he said to the South Korean media.

The former aide added that Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the leader, was ready to help lead the country.

"There has not been a complete structure of succession, so Kim Yo Jong is brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a long period of time," he said.

His comments come after the South Korean spies disclosed that the 33-year-old sibling is now his "de facto second-in-command," although he has not been named his successor.

In a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, the National Intelligence Service said that the change in power is partly aimed at "relieving (Kim's) stress from his reign and avoiding guilt in the event of political failure," the Yonhap News Agency reported.

"Kim Yo Jong, the first Vice-Department Director of the Workers' Party Central Committee, is managing the overall state affairs on the basis of a delegation," the Organization reportedly said.

Kim was seen only a few times in public this year after reports swirled that he was clinging to life in April due to a failed heart surgery.

Claims came months after the North Korean tyrant had not made a public appearance in the wake of speculations about his declining health. He was last seen chairing a meeting of the Workers' Party Politburo on April 11 before South President Moon Jae's top security advisor, downplaying reports that Kim Jong Un was "alive and well."

He was then seen cutting the ribbon at the opening of the fertiliser factory on May 2, said KCNA.

However, Chang reported that all photographs of Kim released by North Korea in recent months have been false.

The rumours concerning his health:

·    Initial reports from South Korea indicated that Kim was in a vegetative state after suffering a heart attack.

·   However, the North Korean defector says that the dictator was actually wounded during a missile test.

·     South Korea later insisted that he was still 'live and well'

·     In the West, a senior US senator said that Kim was "probably dead or disabled"

·     But President Trump denied the report calling it 'fake news'

·   Chinese journalist Shijian Xingzou said a "very solid source" told her that the North Korean leader had died.

·    China has reportedly sent medical experts to North Korea to verify the health of the leader.

 Written by – Mehak Sachdeva

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