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The site New Focus International (assuming that it's legit) offers fascinating insight into the madness of North Korean politics. For example:

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By Watchman
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I see Xi is visiting North Korea, I doubt we will have any Twitter messages about beautiful letters. This is one of the big boys at work and I should imagine what he tells Kim will have a hell of a lot more effect than Trumps grandstanding
By spoonman
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As with anything concerning the DPRK, take such news with a large handful of salt...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has heart surgery – report
Kim Jong-un underwent heart surgery earlier this month and is recovering at his private villa, according to a South Korean report, with US media citing officials as saying the North Korean leader was in “grave danger” after the procedure.

If accurate, the surgery claim, made by the Daily NK website, would explain Kim’s absence from an event to mark the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather – and the country’s founder – Kim Il-sung.

Kim Jong-un underwent the procedure at a hospital in the county of Hyangsan on the country’s east coast on 12 April, according to the Daily NK, which is run mostly by North Korean defectors.

The 36-year-old was continuing to receive treatment at a villa at the Mount Kumgang resort, the website added.

The report cited unnamed sources, and there has been no official comment from North Korean state media. South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles cross-border issues, has declined to comment on the report.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... ery-report

Update: (5.25am BST) - unsubstantiated reports from American intelligence officials is that Kim Jong-Un is "brain dead".

Probably worth keeping an eye on the guy whose interview with the Beeb a while back was interrupted by his kids...

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Kim Jong-un undead? Possibly. North Korea state media has released a photo of him opening a fertiliser factory (those bombs don't make themselves). They could have been really cunning and did a load of staged photos with him while he was alive supposedly out and about doing various things in order to buy themselves a bit of time. Or it could be a lookalike.

Anyway ;
Asked about Mr Kim's reported reappearance, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he didn't want to comment yet.
What?? Donald Trump not commenting on something? Is someone unfortunate enough to be Trump's lookalike because that doesn't sound like Disinfectant Donald at all.


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