Kim Jong Un is Alive?
Kim Jong Un (credit: Getty Images)
According to North Korean state media, Kim Jong Un has resurfaced after an apparent 20-day break from one of the most polarizing jobs in the world.
This has yet to be confirmed by independent sources but it is now believed that the North Korean dictator has survived or recovered from his reported cardiovascular surgery that allegedly put him in a "vegetative state," and many speculated claimed his life.
The leader appeared for the first time at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fertilizer company in Sunchon, North Korea.
Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP
This is not the first time the leader was reported missing. In 2014, Kim Jong Un disappeared for more than a month, prompting rumors that he might have been deposed in a coup. North Korean media later showed him walking with a cane; South Korean intelligence said he had undergone ankle surgery.
Over the years, top officials reported to have been executed have also resurfaced. In 2015, a North Korean defector claimed that Mr. Kim ordered his own aunt killed with poison. But the aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, re-emerged in Pyongyang in January.
The countries State media has rarely been a reliable source. The Daily Wave will continue to monitor and update reports as they develop.