Not sure how much credence to place in the following story.
One always tends to be wary of un-named sources (“a US official” is a rather broad identification, could mean an intelligence disinformation agent). Further into the report we have ” an unnamed government official” on the DKPR side.
..even tighter restrictions than usual” says the report. How much stricter could they be? This is North Korea we’re talking about!
Echoing this caution is Trump’s reaction: “If he is in the kind of condition that the reports say, that the news is saying, it’s a very serious condition,” Hmm…“if”…
Latest reports (see below main article) suggest a false report, but…
There could also be (of course) an agenda lurking behind this in the form of a plot replace Kim Jong Un with his sister? Could a major change be bubbling under in the DKPR?
Pure speculation on my part, but in these times, it seems like almost anything is possible! Martin
Here’s the MSM report:
Ralph R. Ortega – Daily Mail.com – April 21, 2020
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in grave danger after a surgery says a US official with direct knowledge.
- Kim’s alleged turn for the worse comes after he recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15, raising speculation about his health
- The 36-year-old ‘Supreme Leader’ had been last seen four days before that at a government meeting
- Kim had been receiving treatment after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure early this month
- He was recovering at a villa in the Mount Kumgang resort county of Hyangsan on the east coast after getting the procedure on April 12 at a hospital there
Fears were growing for Kim Jong-un‘s health today after a US official said the dictator could be in ‘grave danger’ after heart surgery – although South Korea has played down the reports.
Washington is monitoring intelligence that Kim is in a critical condition after his operation, CNN quoted an unnamed US official as saying.
Kim, 36, was last seen at a government meeting on April 11, and was mysteriously absent from the celebration of his late grandfather Kim Il-Sung’s birthday on April 15.
Daily NK, an outlet run mostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure and was recovering at a villa in North Phyongan province
It is unclear what would happen next if fears that Kim is ‘incapacitated or worse’ prove correct, but his sister Kim Yo-jong is among the senior politicians who could be in line to take control.
South Korea has today played down the fears over Kim’s health, saying that ‘no special movement has been detected inside North Korea’.
The South’s Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed government official saying that reports Kim was seriously ill were ‘not true’.
The North has imposed even tighter restrictions than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic – although it claims to have no case.
On Tuesday, Jim Sciutto, CNN’s chief national security correspondent said a US official told him Kim Jong-un was in “grave danger” after surgery.
But South Korea’s presidential office said Mr Kim appeared to be handling state affairs as usual and that it had no information about the rumours regarding his health.
Many will be watching closely for any signs of trouble in North Korea, and whether it will address the reports — something it has not yet done.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-22/kim-jong-un-speculation-over-health-donald-trump/12172274