For many months, national security experts have wondered about what has happened inside the secretive and difficult to penetrate North Korean government.
Is Kim Jong Un dead or alive?
If dead or incapacitated who is in control?
Who has power over the North Korean nuclear weapons development program?
Today, the New York Post is reporting that “North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has fallen into a coma, a former South Korean official is claiming on the heels of reports that the northern leader has ceded some of his power to his younger sister…
“The former aide added that the leader’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was poised to help lead the country.”
Further, “[h]is claims come after South Korean spies revealed that the 33-year-old sibling now serves as his “de facto second-in-command,” though she has not been designated his successor.”
Significantly, the Post is also reporting that “North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister [Kim Yo Jong] could be the Hermit Kingdom’s most brutal leader if she succeeds him, experts told The Post on Monday.”
“’I haven’t seen any evidence, any indication of how she might rule, but my speculation — given the reputation and history of the family — is that she would rule with an iron fist,’ retired US Army Col. David Maxwell said.”