North Korea's Kim Jong-un Is Rumored to Have Died at 36

Multiple media sources are reporting that North Korea's Supreme Leader/dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly died, or is on his death bed with no hope for recuperation - according to media outlets in China and Japan.

In this undated photo provided on October 16, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea.

Though the group said it was probably Kim Jong Un's train, Reuters has not been able to confirm that independently, or whether he was in Wonsan.

Two of the people familiar with the situation said a delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese communist party's global liaison department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday.

Daily NK, a Seoul-based website, reported earlier this week that Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.

He also said the U.S. will keep seeking North Korea's denuclearization no matter who is in charge in Pyongyang. When Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, suffered a stroke in 2008, South Korean media reported at the time that Chinese doctors were involved in his treatment along with French physicians.

On the other hand, experts under the Trump administration are less likely to replace his brother Kim Yo Jong if anything happens to him. But he declined to say whether he had been in contact with North Korea on the matter.

"I've had a very good relationship with him", added the president. On Friday, Trump dismissed reports that Kim is gravely ill.

At least one person remarked that Kim may be well and might even be having a good laugh at the expense of the people now making jokes.

"We can speculate that perhaps his sister Kim Yo Jong has been designation as his successor".

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A U.S. State department spokeswoman had no comment.

Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai reported that Kim collapsed during a recent visit to a rural part of North Korea.

While Kim, who is believed to be 36 years old, has completely disappeared from media coverage, though this is not something new.

North Korea is one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world, and the nature of its leader's health is considered a state secret.

He was reportedly hospitalised for failing ill post his heart surgery, although no news was confirmed officially by the Korean media.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has previously been alleged to have coronavirus.

Speculation about Kim's health first arose due to his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea's founding father and Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.

Meanwhile Pyongyang mouthpiece, the Rodong Sinmun, emphasized Kim Jong-un's call for strengthening the country's military power and the army's support for his leadership.

Controversial businessman and former presidential hopeful - he tried for the Libertarian Party's nomination in 2016 - John McAfee took things a step further, joking that perhaps Trump and Kim have "eloped".

  • Sonia Alvarado