Kim Jong-un’s prolonged absence from all official events fuels speculation about his health. Some experts argue that the North Korean dictator is dead or in severe health condition, while South Korean authorities attest that he is still alive. Because of the extremely secretive nature of North Korea, it is hard to determine what is going on.
As a reminder, Kim Jong-un is the current supreme leader of North Korea. He succeeded to his father following his death in 2011. Since then, despite historic talks with the US and moves to improve relations with South Korea, he has shown his commitment to the advancement of North Korea’s weapons programme, ordering nuclear and missile tests. He has also shown himself to be ruthless with the purge of his powerful uncle and the murder, widely attributed to an order from him, of his half-brother.