Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Has North Korea’s Fatso Launched His Last Rocket?

The Daily NK, a South Korean-based news service focusing on its neighbor to the North, reported that Kim Jong Un had undergone surgery on April 12 for a cardiovascular issue caused by “excessive smoking, obesity and overwork.”

Two days later, the hermit kingdom fired a series of cruise missiles off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Kim was conspicuously absent during the launches. The following day, April 15, Kim was not seen during the annual commemoration of his grandfather’s birthday known as “Day of the Sun”.

A spokesman for the South Korean presidency, Kang Min-seok, said in a brief statement in response to the reports, “We have nothing to confirm and there has been no unusual activity detected in North Korea.”

Whatever the validity of reports about the tin pot dictator’s health, they draw attention once again to the issue of succession in the “sacred” Kim dynasty.

One thing is certain, the vultures are circling his hospital bed.  When Kim’s sister was promoted to the position of First Vice Department Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee it was seen as a move she was being groomed for a leadership role.  You’ll remember she was incessantly photographed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea and at key summit meetings with President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Daily NK is reportedly staffed by North Korean defectors. News of the tyrant’s imminent death gets everybody jacked up. Normally you would take any “news” proffered by the likes of CNN with a grain of salt.  In this case, however, I recommend taking it with a bucket of the stuff.  I won’t believe the news until I see a funeral procession.

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