« on: October 10, 2014, 07:08:38 am »
There's been lots of speculation lately that Kim Jong-Un is...well, no-one is quite sure what has happened to him.
He hasn't been seen in over a month now. This has led to speculation that he's been overthrown in a coup or is deathly ill or something. I've been ignoring that sort of thing up until now because if there is one thing I know about North Korea, it's that press reporting on its politics is usually hilariously wrong. You have to remember, this is the same press that, half of the time, is convinced North Korea is a monolithic block under the direct totalitarian rule of its pudgy man-child leader.
But Kim was missing from an anniversary meeting of the Workers Party, which is something of a big deal. A really big deal in fact.
It doesn't necessarily argue in favour of a coup or similar, because the normal indictations of a coup are not present. High level delegations are being sent around the world still, which wouldn't be happening in a coup scenario (the chaos in North Korea would see many ambitious people looking to consolidate their position), and there hasn't been much in the way of unusual troop movements.
But something odd is going on.