North Korean defector,Ji Seong-ho says he is 99 per cent sure that leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un who has missing from public view for three weeks could be declared dead this weekend.
The defector said Kim’s sister Kim Yo-jong, who was named an alternate member of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful Central Committee Politburo last month, was in line to succeed her brother but added that the secretive state was ‘grappling with a complicated succession issue’.
North Korea is the world’s most secretive country and reports about Kim and his family, including the suggestion that he recently had heart surgery, are nearly impossible to verify.
Ji Seong-ho, a defector who was elected to the South’s parliament earlier this year said that he had been ‘informed that Kim died last weekend’ after cardiovascular surgery.
‘I’ve wondered how long he could have endured after cardiovascular surgery. I’ve been informed that Kim died last weekend.
It is not 100 per cent certain, but I can say the possibility is 99 per cent. North Korea is believed to be grappling with a complicated succession issue.’
Kim has not been seen in public since April 11 and failed to attend an event that honored his grandfather, Kim Il Sung on April 15, sparking speculation about his health, but Seoul and Washington have played down claims that he is seriously ill or dead.
Several reports said he underwent a life-saving heart surgery, which either wasn’t done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon.