N. Korea Dictator Kim Jong-un Reportedly Dead After Botched Heart Surgery
Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea, and a strong personality cult has been built around him, his father and grandfather.
The sources declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter. Kim reportedly required a stent procedure following the incident.
"Units of the North Korean People's Army are going to compete for resources and survival".
Reuters reported that a South Korean source said that Kim was alive and would soon make a public appearance.
Concerns over Kim's health surfaced this week after CNN reported that US officials were monitoring intelligence that indicated Kim's health was in "grave danger".
On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump downplayed reports that Kim was ill.
"All we know at this point is that he did not show himself at the April 15 ceremony, and there must be a good reason for that", a senior South Korean Foreign Ministry official told VOA. The particular person mentioned he didn't have any touch upon Kim's present situation or any Chinese involvement.
A U.S. State division spokeswoman had no remark.
Speculation about Kim's condition has escalated in the two weeks since he was last seen in public, at a politburo meeting on April 11.
According to the New York Post, vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television claimed that Kim was dead, citing a "very solid source", while Japanese weekly Shukan Gendai claimed that Kim is in a "vegetative state" after undergoing heart surgery earlier this month. In 2014, as Reuters reported, Kim disappeared for more than a month and then returned with a limp. Speculation about his well being has been fanned by his heavy smoking, obvious weight acquire since taking energy and household historical past of cardiovascular issues.
Meanwhile, one Tweet claimed that "Kim Jong Un on.4.22.20 has passed away, Chinese specialist team led by Song Tao with 50 people arrived 8 minutes too late Kim Yo Jong will become the leader of N. Korea and serve as female regent". The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring North Korea.