Kim Jong-un aged 36 years is the third and the youngest son of Korean military leader Kim Jong-il, who, under the Communist Worker's Party, had ruled North Korea since 1994; and the grandson of Kim Il-sung, his father's predecessor.
Lately, we've been hearing a lot of rumours and speculations about the death of the supreme leader of North Korea and uncertain to believe it. Some sources say he died of Corona and some of the heart attack. Sources have been emphasizing to the fact that he was in a coma.
These were just the speculations and not the actual truth, well it's still so uncertain as no direct declaration from the regime has been made yet.
“Our government position is firm,” Moon Chung-in, a special adviser on national security to the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “Kim Jong-un is alive and well.”
So many of us must be thinking 'How did such a rumour spread? '
(Well it does have many downright factors to it)
The downplaying rumours and the conjecture about his health issues spread like a wildfire on the birthday anniversary (15th April) of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung- the most important day in the country's calendar and Kim never actually missed it.
It began with the conspicuous absence of Kim on Saturday when he missed another national holiday, North Korea’s Military Foundation Day which further unleashed a series of media reports and comments worldwide of the unsurety of the supreme leader's whereabouts and leading to fuelling speculation about his health.
He was last reported at North Korea’s state media when he presided over a meeting of the ruling party’s politburo on 11 April.
Kim has not made a public appearance since then and his absence has unleashed a series of unconfirmed rumours about his health and death. Officials in Beijing and Seoul has insisted that nothing to confirm that Kim is unwell.
“We have nothing to confirm and no special movement has been detected inside North Korea as of now,” the South’s presidential office said in a statement last week.
He had heart surgery and several reports stated the operation went wrong as the doctor's hands were shaking and Kim was in a 'vegetative state'. South Korea has dismissed certain reports about Kim's serious illness. Three different anonymous sources have stated that a team of doctors from China has been despatched on Thursday and stated that no suspicious move has been detected and everything appeared in the state affairs normal.
Kim Jong's train spotted
As the rumour speculates about the poor health and the death of the ruler, satellite images show the train parked at Wonsan’s ‘leadership station’.
Photograph: Planet Labs/Reuters
A satellite image of the train of the ruler being parked at the' leadership training ' compound in a resort town in Wonsan located about 200km east of the capital, Pyongyang. since 21st April, later the train appears to be repositioned fo the departure but there wasn't any information of when it might leave.
According to the 38th North Report: “The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast,” Some South Korean media outlets have cited that Kim has been staying in Wonsan.
Kim Jong-un's whereabouts are protected with intense security and secrecy so very few know these details and in such crucial times, it is impossible to confirm the speculations as no direct statement have been declared by North Korea. Reporting from North Korea is difficult because of the tight regime and security controls on information.
Newsweek quoted a senior unnamed Pentagon official as saying: “We have observed no indications or received any additional information to make a conclusive assessment on the status of North Korean leadership or the health of Kim Jong-un.”
Donald Trump on Thursday told “I think the report was incorrect,” and declined to reveal if he had been in contact with China or North Korea.
Not the first time
It's not the first time of Kim's absence from the public. Back in 2014 he lost out of sight and reappeared five weeks later using a walking stick after had undergone surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle. He has vanished more than a month amidst the rumours about his health
Kim's health has been taken into consideration because of his smoking, obesity and a family history of cardiovascular problems.