And Roy Calley believes if the news is confirmed, it will trigger an unprecedented outpouring of grief, followed by a “complete breakdown in society” lasting roughly a month. Reports carried by numerous news outlets have suggested the 36-year-old may have died, with others suggesting he is in a vegetative state with no hope of resuscitation after heart surgery went wrong – although Moon Chung-in, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top foreign policy adviser to, today CNN the so-called Supreme Leader was “alive and well”.
The persistent rumours were give credence after satellite imagery showing Kim’s personal train has apparently been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing his Wonsan compound since Tuesday.
Insiders have also suggested China has dispatched a team of doctors to North Korea to determine the status of Kim Jong-Un’s health.
Mr Calley, author of Look With Your Eyes and Tell The World, which offers a fascinating insight into North Korean society, told Express.co.uk: “I think these rumours are almost certainly true, especially with the arrival of the personal train.
Knowing the country the way I do, I’m convinced they would parade him to the world if he was okay. They wouldn’t want this speculation
Nevertheless, he acknowledged: “Knowing the country the way I do, I’m convinced they would parade him to the world if he was okay. They wouldn’t want this speculation.
“The carriage where the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il, Kim’s father, died is still on public display, so they will obviously be preparing for an announcement.
“This might be delayed for quite some time, as the outpouring of grief across the country is like nothing you will see anywhere else.
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“I’m also wondering if the population have any idea at the moment, bearing in mind the lack of access to news not released by the government.”
Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who is four years younger than her brother, is thought to have exerted a strong influence over her brother, and was part of his entourage during the 2018 North Korea–United States Singapore Summit and the 2019 North Korea–United States Hanoi Summit, each of which saw him meet US President Donald Trump.
Mr Calley said: “The succession will almost certainly be his sister in my opinion.
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“She has accompanied him on many events and seems to the obvious transition.
“How a female will be accepted by the public will be interesting, although the Kim dynasty has the bloodline and won’t be challenged.
“There will be absolutely no change to the way the country is run, simply because the Juche Theory ideology is so ingrained in the culture. It will just run seamlessly.”
However, he acknowledged: “If and when the Supreme Leader dies there will be a complete breakdown in society for about a month if previous experience is anything to go by.”
As for the coronavirus situation, despite Pyong Yang’s denials, Mr Calley, who recently recovered from the illness himself, has little doubt COVID-19 is affecting North Korea.
He said: “The virus has hit the country.
“There can be no doubt about that, bearing in mind it borders China and Chinese visitors make up most of the tourist trade.
How they are coping is another thing entirely, but I would expect China to be offering more than a little help.
“Having said that, the hospitals aren’t quite the disaster area that western observers tend to make out.”
He also had bad news for anyone hoping a change of leader would be the catalyst for North Korea abandoning its nuclear ambitions.
He explained: “The nuclear testing will just continue. Nothing will stop it.
“It’s the main ambition of the Kim dynasty to make the nation strong enough to continue its isolation policy.”
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