Leader Kim Jong Un has fallen into a coma his sister, Kim Yo Jong, is poised to take over the nation.
The sensational claims come from South Korean diplomat Chang Song-min, who is a former aide to South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung.
Song-min claims that the North Korean leader was in a “vegetative state” following a botched heart op.
Speaking with local media, Chang Song-min said: “I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended.”
He spoke as North Korea reportedly handed over some powers to the dictator’s sister Kim Yo-jong, 33.
Chang added: “A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period.”
However, there has been plenty of speculation about Kim Jong Un in the past.
In April, news that he had died or was in a vegetative state were quickly quashed when the dictator turned up at the opening of a fertiliser factory 30 miles north of capital Pyongyang.
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