Kim Jong-Un “is in a coma and his sister is about to take control”, says South Korean diplomat

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A South Korean diplomat has made a sensational claim that Kim Jong Un is in a coma and that his sister is preparing to take control of North Korea.

Chang Song-min, a former aide to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, claimed that the DPRK was hiding the truth about its leader’s deteriorating health and that he understood the dictator to be in a comatose state.

It comes as speculation about Kim’s true health escalates due to the lack of public appearances this year.

A South Korean diplomat has made a sensational claim that Kim Jong Un is in a coma and that his sister is preparing to take control of North Korea. Above, Kim Jong Un pictured during a plenary meeting on Thursday

Kim Yo-jong, 33 (pictured above) is in a privileged position to take back some of her brother's powers, according to Chang Song-min

Kim Yo-jong, 33 (pictured above) is in a privileged position to take back some of her brother’s powers, according to Chang Song-min

Speaking to local media, Chang Song-min said, “I think he is in a coma, but his life is not over.

He added that the dictator’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, 33, is in the first position to take back some of her brother’s powers.

“A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is put forward because the vacuum cannot be maintained for an extended period,” he said.

Chang Song-min’s claims come despite North Korean media posting images of Kim attending a government meeting on Thursday. However, the Reuters news agency said it could not “independently verify” the footage.

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Kim Jong Un had promoted his sister to North Korea’s second in command.

Kim Yo Jong, 32, is now in charge of North Korean policy towards the United States and South Korea, making her his de facto deputy, spy chiefs said.

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Kim Jong Un had promoted his sister to North Korea's second in command.  Above, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a Workers' Party plenary meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday August 19

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Kim Jong Un had promoted his sister to North Korea’s second in command. Above, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a Workers Party plenary meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday August 19

Her brother still maintains “absolute authority” over North Korea, but has delegated certain responsibilities to help her cope with the “stress” of the decision, it was claimed.

Kim Jong Un, who is said to be around 36, has only been seen a handful of times this year amid April speculation that a “botched” heart operation had left him in critical condition or even dead.

The rumors were quashed in May when state media published images of the North Korean leader cutting the ribbon at the opening of a fertilizer factory.

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