Speculation about North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un’s health first arose due to his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.
North Korea’s state media last reported on Kim’s whereabouts when he presided over a meeting on April 11. Rumour has it if North Korea's supreme leader passes away, then his sister, Kim Yo-Jang will take over the country's reign.
Bollywood film-maker Ram Gopal Varma shares his thoughts on this apparent change of command through his tweets. Recently, he tweeted about Jong Un’s sister and called her the first female villain.
Rumour has it that Kim Jong Un ‘s sister will take over if he dies and she supposedly is more brutal than him ..Good news is that world will have its FIRST FEMALE VILLAIN ..Finally JAMES BOND can get REAL 👍 pic.twitter.com/EAebtPvhK5— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 24, 2020
He wrote, "Rumour has it that Kim Jong Un's sister will take over if he dies and she supposedly is more brutal than him. Good news is that the world will have its FIRST FEMALE VILLAIN. Finally JAMES BOND can get REAL".
Reporting from inside North Korea is notoriously difficult because of tight controls on information.
It said that Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.
Since then, multiple South Korean media reports have cited unnamed sources this week saying that Kim might be staying in the Wonsan area. It was reported Kim may be sheltering from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Kim, believed to be 36, has disappeared from coverage in North Korean state media before. In 2014, he vanished for more than a month and North Korean state TV later showed him walking with a limp.
Speculation about his health has been fanned by his heavy smoking, apparent weight gain since taking power and family history of cardiovascular problems.
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