UPDATE — Speculation on Kim (Schrödinger’s cat)

Signposts:

  • North Koreans in Pyongyang have been chatting about the absence of their leader, Kim Jong-Un.
  • Panic buying in the capital
  • Helicopters have been flying low over Pyongyang
  • Trains within North Korea disrupted
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister has been re-elected to the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party.

UPDATE:
According to the Jerusalem Post, some Japanese media outlets quoted a source close to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s treatment team as saying that the first operation on Kim Jong Un was unsuccessful. According to these sources, the dictatorial leader of North Korea is still alive, but his brain is not active and he is dying.

UPDATE:According to Japanese media, Kim’s initial surgery was unsuccessful

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Some Japanese media quoted a source close to the North Korean leader’s treatment team as saying that the first operation on “Kim Jong Un” was unsuccessful.
According to these sources, the North Korean leader is still alive, but his brain is not active.A train probably belonging to Kim Jong Un has been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing his Wonsan compound since at least April 21, according to commercial satellite imagery. The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health, but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast.HKSTV stated yesterday:Hong Kong’s HKSTV satellite TV vice president announced the death of the North Korean leader.

Even as China has sent in a medical team to North Korea to advise the leader, a Beijing-backed satellite TV channel’s vice director, who is also a niece of a Chinese foreign minister, has claimed that Kim Jong Un is dead.

Vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television told her 15 million followers on Weibo that her Kim Jong Un death claim was backed by a “very solid source.”

Her post on Weibo since then has been shared widely on social media. There is also a viral image that is being shared that claims to show Kim Jong Un lying dead inside a glass coffin.

While these claims cannot be verified independently, the timing of it certainly makes one curious as now China has sent in a medical team.

Reuters reported that China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with the situation.

At this point, until there is a report from either KCNA or other state media, there is no way to verify whether Kim Jong Un is alive or dead


Korean historian Andrei Lankov commented on rumors about Kim Jong-un’s illness.First, according to many signs and some insider information, Kim Jong-un is really sick. Given his eating style, his penchant for smoking and alcohol abuse, there is nothing surprising in this. A person has an extremely unhealthy lifestyle. In more detail, nothing can be said about this.

Considering how the North Korean state works, if he was seriously ill or was on the verge of death, the highest officials of North Korea would already be engaged in a bulldog fight under the carpet.And in Pyongyang, some strange movements (Indicators/signposts) would be observed. But they are not observed at this time. There have been some military movements and a flight of Chinese specialists flying to the country but these could also be Indicators of the 88th anniversary.
https://youtu.be/h–yKAU1 “88th Foundation Anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, April 25”