Kim Jong Un in 'Grave Danger' After Heart Surgery?
NORTH KOREA — It is being reported that North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un is gravely-ill after undergoing heart surgery.
The 36-year-old leader's condition is supposedly being monitored by US intelligence officials, who were told that Kim was "in grave danger" after the cardiovascular operation, CNN claim, citing a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter.
Quoting South Korean news website the Daily NK, Bloomberg reports that the infamous leader was "mostly-recovered" from the procedure; the website obtained the story from a single anonymous informant based in North Korea and has been unable to obtain further details on Kim's condition.
Bruce Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for North Korea told CNN that previous rumors about Kim being in poor health had turned out to be not true and that the country's extreme secrecy made it difficult to establish facts, saying: "There have been a number of recent rumors about Kim's health. If Kim is hospitalized, it would explain why he wasn't present on the important April 15th celebrations."
Unsurprisingly, North Korea's highly-secretive government has yet to comment on Kim's alleged illness, or issue any sort of statement through its state-controlled mouthpieces.
Kim, who is known to be a chain-smoker has been shown in state media in recent months appearing at military drills and riding a white horse in a power-move display of propaganda.
The poverty-stricken nation has reported, impossibly, no cases of COVID-19, saying, "not a single person" in the country has been infected. Kim's absence from the public eye may just be precautionary, or he just may be on his way out.
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