What’s become of the perennial arch nemesis of the United States, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un? Here’s the latest…
(by Half Dollar) Is Kim Jong-Un alive or dead?
That’s the question people have been asking.
It’s a question that’s been asked for nearly a week:
It would be big news indeed if Kim Jong-Un is dead.
The date, of course, is merely a coincidence, but we are approaching May 1st, and bad things (good things?) happen to bad people on May 1st.
Or good people.
Depending on perspective, of course.
Bad things have also happened to silver on May 1st, but I don’t think that will be the case this year.
But I digress.
Days ago, Trump had this to say about the matter:
"I think the report was incorrect."— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) April 23, 2020
Trump says he thinks the report on Kim Jong Un's health was not accurate pic.twitter.com/4AXLcbwGyp
On Saturday, Lindsey Graham said he’d be shocked if Kim Jong-Un isn’t dead or incapacitated.
And here’s some Sunday morning analysis on the question from The New York Times:
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is still sending letters and gifts to foreign leaders and domestic workers in the name of its leader, Kim Jong-un. Its news media brims, as usual, with panegyrical propaganda extolling Mr. Kim’s leadership. South Korea reiterates that it has detected “nothing unusual” in the North. President Trump has called “incorrect” and “fake” a report that Mr. Kim was “in grave danger” after surgery.
All this has done little to stop the rumor mill churning about Mr. Kim’s health and the fate of the nuclear state — for the simple reason that North Korea has not reported a public appearance by its leader for two weeks. Nor has it responded to lurid claims about his health.
The lack of real information from the hermetic country is giving rise to rampant rumor mongering, leaving North Korean experts, foreign officials and intelligence agencies to parse through it all for signs of the truth.
Depending on the news outlet or social media post, Mr. Kim, believed to be 36, is recuperating after a minor health issue like a sprained ankle, or he is “in grave danger” after a heart surgery. Or he has become “brain dead” or is in a “vegetative state” after a heart-valve surgery gone wrong at the hands of a nervous North Korean surgeon or one of the doctors China dispatched to treat him. Or Mr. Kim is grounded with Covid-19. Where did he get it? From one of those Chinese doctors.
Some additional coverage on the matter, via Twitter:
Satellite imagery finds likely Kim train amid health rumors https://t.co/fke0OMCvW6— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 26, 2020
South Korean presidential aide says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "alive and well" https://t.co/Wiua6BB2Ba— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 26, 2020
The rumors about Kim Jong Un's health aren't confined to the outside world. Pyongyang is abuzz with talk that something has happened to the "Respected Comrade." Helicopters have been flying low, people have been stocking up on supplies. My latest:https://t.co/sLHhbY3Y00— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) April 26, 2020
The North Korean Dictator may be alive.
Or he may even be dead.