North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Reportedly In Coma As His Sister Set To Take Control

File picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waving to the crowd as he presides over a mass rally and parade in the capital's main ceremonial square, in Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un’s health has been questioned for the past few months and now, a former South Korean official is alleging the dictator is in a coma, according to New York Post.

This report is coming after news that Kim Jong Un delegated some of his power to his younger sister. Chang Song-min, a former aide to late-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, has alleged Kim Jong Un has become seriously ill amid speculation about his limited public appearances this year.

“I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended,” Song-min told South Korean media. The former aide added that the leader’s younger sister, Kim Yo-Jong, is preparing is take over. Chang added, “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.”

Pictures emerged last Thursday, August 20, showing Kim attending a government meeting but news outlet Reuters said it could not “independently verify” the images as they were released by the secretive country.”

This comes after South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), reported that Kim will gradually transfer authority to his sister Kim Yo-jong “to ease stress” despite his young age.”

The agency added that the ruthless leader will still “exert absolute power” from behind the scenes while insisting the move was not linked to the tyrant’s health.

Back in April, there were speculations that Kim had died or was in a vegetative state but the rumors were later rubbished when the dictator was pictured at the opening of a fertiliser factory 30 miles north of capital Pyongyang.

Photo Credit: REUTERS

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