Kim Jong Un Deathwatch? And his sister as possible successor?

Reply Sat 25 Apr, 2020 11:27 pm
North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un may be on death's door ... if not dead already.
NY Times

His sister, possibly the presumptive successor, Kim Yo Jong is unironically trending on Twitter.

With Kim Jong Un’s health uncertain, focus shifts to powerful sister Kim Yo Jong

Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s Kid Sister, is ‘Feared,’ ‘Respected’ Inside North Korea

SEOUL—As the world waits to see if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive, dead, or somewhere in between at the age of 36, all eyes are turning to his little sister, 31-year-old Kim Yo Jong. She looks like the top contender to succeed him, but does she have what it takes to do that in a regime long characterized by extreme brutality?

She might well.

Kim Yo Jong’s rise within North Korea’s omnipotent Organization and Guidance Department makes her North Korea’s “No. 2” in the eyes of the Workers’ Party bureaucrats—and that makes her not only the most visible heir to Kim Jong Un’s throne but, already, a central figure of authority.

If, as some have reported, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is near death after a surgical procedure, Yo Jong may already have the power to fend off any challenges to her claim on leadership.

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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2020 01:13 pm
In North Korea, the Fourth Man Could Be a Woman

Kim Jong Un was a conspicuous no-show at ceremonies marking his grandfather’s birthday, on April 15th—the most important holiday on the North Korean calendar and an event that he has never missed since becoming leader, in 2011. A series of missile tests scheduled to coincide with the holiday went off without the customary footage of Kim watching from a viewing stand or peering through binoculars. North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, continues to report on his purported activities (such as greetings and birthday messages sent to allies), but no reliable photographs of him have emerged since April 11th.
Reply Mon 24 Aug, 2020 05:57 pm
Kim Yo Jong could be even worse for North Korea than Kim Jong Un, experts say

Kim Yo Jong, 32, appeared poised to take the reins of power amid a claim that her older brother has been in a coma for months and his recent public appearances have been staged.
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