Report: Sister of Kim Jong Un could succeed him in the event of his death

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Kyodo News via AP)

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UPDATED 5:12 PM PT — Saturday, April 25, 2020

North Korea may soon see its first female leader following reports on the faltering health of Kim Jong Un, who allegedly remains in a “vegetative state” after a failed medical procedure. According to new reports, the 36-year-old is “gravely ill” due to complications that arose during a recent heart surgery.

A slew of Chinese doctors were brought in for the cardiovascular procedure to place stents in his arteries. Unnamed sources claimed the surgeon’s hands were badly shaking. North Korean officials have yet to confirm any of these reports.

The whereabouts of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un are still unknown, but he was said to be in one of his luxury resorts. His last confirmed public appearance was on April 11th, when he attended a Politburo meeting.

Speculation over his health arose after he didn’t attend the 88th anniversary of the country’s armed forces, one of the regime’s most anticipated events.

In this Saturday, April 11, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government on Sunday, April 12, 2020, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center top, attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

When questioned by a reporter earlier this week, President Trump said he hopes the reports are incorrect.

“I’ve had a very good relationship with him,” added the president. “I wish him well.”

Meanwhile, White House intelligence has been looking into these new reports. On Saturday, the press secretary confirmed administration officials are aware of the ongoing situation.

“We’re definitely aware of those reports, the intelligence community is looking very closely at that,” stated Kayleigh McEnany. “We don’t have any updates on that at this time.”

FILE – In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, walks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, to hold their meeting at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

With no formal plans to take over Kim Jong Un’s role, his sister Kim Yo Jong could be next in line to rule the country. She is reportedly “feared” and “respected” by residents in her position as the number two official behind her brother.

Yo Jong also recently began speaking out publicly on key policy issues and has advised her brother on matters worth his attention.

With Kim’s only other heir being his 10-year-old son, his sister appears to be the most likely candidate to take over in the event of Kim Jong Un’s death.

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