Kim Un

It’s been a while since we have heard from Kim Jong-Un, unless stories of broken ankles due to a cheese addiction count. Rumours have been piling up as to his whereabouts and now the big mystery may have been cleared up: Kim Jong-il’s son is no longer in control of the country, according to a former counter intelligence official and poet laureate, and North Korea is involved in a civil war, reports Vice News.

 

Jang Jin-sung, who used to be a  faithful member of Kim Jong-il’s cabinet, has revealed that the nation is divided over whether it should have absolute control over its economy or if it is time to open its door to foreign trade.

“On one hand, it’s people who want to maintain a regime monopoly,” Jang said. “On the other hand, it’s not like people are fighting against the regime, but in a policy sense they want to take advantage to get influence. It’s not actually consciously civil war, but there are these two incompatible forces at play.”

Jang called the 31-year-old a “puppet leader” who was overthrown after a coup in 2013, reports Daily Mail.

Jong-un’s many health problems, which reportedly include obesity and fractures in both ankles as a result of wearing high-heeled shoes, have raised serious questions about what would happen if he were no longer in control. He regularly “disappears” from public view for days and weeks at a time. The last known public sighting of him was in July as part of a ceremony to honour his late grandfather, Kim il-sung.

H/T: Opposing Views

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