South Korea: Kim Jong Un Actually Injured in Missile Test
Kim Jong Un (Credit: North Korea state media)
Over the past week, it has been clear that either Kim Jong Un is dead or He and his entire regime is playing tag with the world. Soon after reports of the supreme leader's jeopardized health, more reports surfaced about the seemingly-impossible death of the most feared leader in east Asia.
"Our government position is firm," Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told CNN.
"Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected."
After a few days of theories and opinions, the South Korean government stated that he seemed to be "alive and well"; but since then he has missed a second popular North Korean holiday - the Military Foundation Day, and that's causing some in South Korea to doubt the nation's former position.
A website specializing in North Korean affairs published satellite images on Saturday that revealed a train, "probably belonging to Kim Jong Un," parked at Kim's luxurious Wonsan compound on the country's eastern coast.
On Sunday, North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Kim sent thanks to workers who helped in remodeling the city of Samjiyon in North Korea. On April 27, he allegedly also sent a letter to the President of South Africa. It is still unclear whether either came directly from the leader.
Now, South Korea is changing its tune. Former Workers' Party official Lee Jeong Ho wrote in the South Korean newspaper Dong-a Ilbo that the last time Kim was seen was during a missile test on April 14. He would have been near his compound for those tests, which explains why his train would be there. The official believes he was injured in the test, which would describe his absence from two of the nation's biggest celebrations.
"Kim was absent from the reports of the tests while no footage of the missile launch and the training of combat aircraft was released, which points to a possibility of an unexpected accident that might have been caused by debris or fire."
Reports have surfaced that the residents in Pyongyang believe him to be dead.