North Korea’s brutal young dictator, whom United States President Donald Trump has praised, Kim Jong-un, is reportedly either in a vegetative state or even possibly dead following heart surgery gone wrong. The news came courtesy of a Japanese magazine.
HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television, which is an outlet out of Beijing, said that Kim was dead, and said that information came from a “very solid source.” More news out of Beijing says that the surgeon is at fault, presumably due to nerves which caused his hands to shake as he tried to put a stent into the young leader.
According to Chinese weekly Shukan Gendai, Chinese doctors were sent into the darkened state of North Korea to help with Kim’s procedures, but that what should have been a routine medical operation went horribly wrong.
Predictably, there is no news out of North Korea itself, though Kim has missed important recent celebrations, which is very much unlike the young leader, known for his love of fanfare and military displays of strength.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.
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