According to the aide, Kim Jong-un is allegedly "in a coma, but his life has not ended".
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has allegedly gone into a coma, claims a former South Korean official. According to the New York Post, Chang Song-min, a former aide to late-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, has alleged that Kim Jong-un is seriously ill.
According to South Korean media, the aide said, "I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended." He claims that this could mean the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong is poised to take power over North Korea. He claims, "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."
This news comes a little after the leader handed over some of his responsibilities to his younger sister. According to BBC, the National Intelligence Service, South Korea's spy agency, claims that his 33-year-old sibling is "steering overall state affairs" now. According to BBC, Kim Yo-jong was in-charge of Pyongyang's policy towards the US and South Korea, among other responsibilities, and is "the de-facto number two leader".
However, reports asserted that Kim Jong-un will still continue to maintain "absolute authority". He has just handed responsibilities to others to reduce stress levels, the spy agency reportedly said.
According to Mirror, a few months ago, his limited public appearances had fuelled speculations that the North Korean leader had allegedly died. It was said that his “botched” heart operation in April had either left him gravely ill or killed him. But those rumors were laid to rest when he was later seen at a fertilizer factory’s opening ceremony in Suchon, 30 miles north of the country's capital Pyongyang.
Born in 1987, Kim Yo-jong is four years younger than the North Korean leader. She first came into the international spotlight when she visited South Korea in 2018. She was the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit the nation. She was part of the delegation to the Winter Olympics where the two nations competed jointly.
She also worked alongside her brother when he went for international meetings with other country leaders including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, China's Xi Jinping, and US President Donald Trump.