Kim Jong Un in Bad Condition After Cardiovascular Surgery
(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
It has been reported that North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jung Un is in "grave danger" after cardiovascular surgery.
The US is monitoring intel from Pyongyang as reports reflect Kim's severely compromised health.
North Korea tightly controls any information surrounding its leader, who is treated almost like a deity within the country. His absences from official state media often spark speculation and rumors about his health. North Korea has no free press and is often a black hole when it comes to the country's leadership. Analysts are heavily reliant on scanning state media dispatches and watching propaganda videos for any semblance of a clue.
This puts the heavy relational investment of President Trump at risk with the vastly uncertain future in North Korean leadership. Kim last appeared in North Korean state media on April 11. The supreme leader missed North Korea's most revered holiday - the birthday of the country's founding father, Kim Il Sung. This raised question about the leader's health. Though intel is limited, it is now known that he just completed a dangerous heart surgery.
This story is still developing.