North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is in a coma while his sister Kim Yo-jong is exercising control over national and international matters. A former aide of South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung has made this information public.
Chang Song-min, who served Kim Dae-jung as a political affairs secretary and as head of the state affairs monitoring office, has said on social media that no North Korean leader would entrust any of Kim’s authority to another person unless he was too sick to rule or was removed through a coup.
“I assess him (Kim Jong-un) to be in a coma, but his life has not ended,” he was quoted as saying by The Korea Herald. “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,” he said.
Chang claims to have secured the information from a source in China that Kim Jong-un is “comatose.”
According to the South Korean news medium, Seoul’s spy agency told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting about a ruling system that Kim Jong-un seemed to have set up following which he shall share authority and responsibility with his most trusted aides. The National Intelligence Agency, however, said that the new system is not associated with any serious health issue.
Chang’s claims follow months of disappearance of the North Korean dictator from public view amid speculations of his deteriorating health. Kim Jong-un was last seen presiding over a Workers’ Party politburo meeting on 11 April before a top security adviser to the South’s President Moon Jae-in downplayed rumours and said Kim Jong Un was “alive and well”.
Kim Jong-un was then seen cutting the ribbon at the opening of a fertilizer factory on May 2, KCNA reported.
However, Chang has claimed that all photographs of Kim released by North Korea in recent months were fake.