Is “Kim Jong Un” dead?

South Korean security see no signs Kim Jong Un not in charge
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Twitter abuzz with rumors of North Korean leader’s demise

Rumours of Kim Jong Un’s death have been doing the rounds on social media, however, these claims have not been corroborated by Korea Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea, or any other state media

Social media is abuzz with speculations over Kim Jong Un‘s alleged death after a senior official at a Beijing-backed satellite TV channel made the claim on Weibo. Vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou reportedly stated on her Weibo account, citing top level sources, that the North Korean leader had died. She is a niece of a Chinese foreign minister and has 15 million followers on Weibo.

However, these claims have not been corroborated by Korea Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea, or any other state media. North Korea has been tight-lipped about the health or whereabouts of its leader, who was last seen in public two weeks ago. North Korean media has maintained a ‘business as usual’ image, carrying routine reporting of Kim’s achievements, accompanied by his older or undated quotes on issues like the economy.

Social media is abuzz with speculations over Kim Jong Un‘s alleged death after a senior official at a Beijing-backed satellite TV channel made the claim on Weibo. Vice director of Hong Kong Satellite Television Shijian Xingzou reportedly stated on her Weibo account, citing top level sources, that the North Korean leader had died. She is a niece of a Chinese foreign minister and has 15 million followers on Weibo.

However, these claims have not been corroborated by Korea Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea, or any other state media. North Korea has been tight-lipped about the health or whereabouts of its leader, who was last seen in public two weeks ago. North Korean media has maintained a ‘business as usual’ image, carrying routine reporting of Kim’s achievements, accompanied by his older or undated quotes on issues like the economy. Min Chao Choy@minchaochoy

OK, more rumors on KJU’s death citing a Hong Kong source. That “source” is an unverified Weibo post by Vice Director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television Qing Feng 秦枫, niece of former Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing 李肇星; a thread:

Kim Jong Un has been missing from the public life of late, raising doubts about his health. Rumors were bolstered after Kim’s absence from celebrations on April 15, an important holiday in North Korea to honor his grandfather and country’s founder Kim Il Sung.

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