Is North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un dead due to coronavirus?
According to satellite images received by a Washington based North Korea monitoring project, a special train belonging to North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un was seen in the resort town of the country. 38 North, the monitoring project, stated that the train was seen parked at one of the leadership stations in Wonsan at April 21st and 23rd.
The train’s presence does not indicate anything about Kim’s health or his whereabouts but it gives weightage to the fact that he might be staying at country’s eastern coast.
Multiple South Korean media reports also suggest that Kim might be staying in the Wonsan area.
Rumors regarding Kim’s ailing health
Lately, rumors have surfaced suggesting Kim Jong Un’s death after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure. There has been conjecture and surmise regarding his health due to his heavy smoking, weight gain and hereditary cardiovascular problems in his family.
Kim’s whereabouts were last reported on 11th April when he presided over a meeting. Daily NK, a Seoul based website which reports on country of North Korea, adduced one un-named source on Monday stating that Kim Jong Un has undergone medical treatment, in the resort county of Hyangsan. The report said that Kim was recovering after the surgery on April 12.On April 15, Kim Jong Un’s absence from the birthday of his grandfather and North Korea’s founding father, Kim II Sung, raised major speculation regarding his health.
Kim, 36, is a third generation hereditary leader who came to power after his father’s death in 2011. His death could pose major international threat as he has no definite successor in a nuclear weapon armed country.
North Korea, a Black Box
North Korea is termed as a ‘Black Box’ by the US intelligence services every now and the, particularly due to the fact that it is very difficult to extract any definite information from the country due to its tight controls on the same.
US President, Donald Trump stated that he has not been in touch with the North Korean officials but he also dismissed the reports of Kim’s ill health. Kim and Trump have always been at odds but the US leader terms him as a friend.