North Korean state-controlled media released a letter purportedly from Kim Jong Un himself as supposed proof the leader is alive and well, according to an unconfirmed report from CNN.
The dictator has not been seen in public for over two weeks now, after reportedly missing his grandfather’s birthday party back on April 15th. In the days that followed, unconfirmed reports began hitting one after another.
Senator Lindsey Graham is among those who believe Un is likely either “dead or incapacitated” because North Korea would’ve said or done something more to prove he’s alive than simply release a letter.
After his meeting in Pyongyang earlier this month, his disappearance from the public eye led to reports of a heart operation gone bad. Some reports claimed the leader was in a vegetative state while others said the dictator had died.
Fox News reported that a highly placed source close to the president of South Korea claimed that Kim Jong Un is “alive and well” while adding that the South Korean government is “firm” on this information.
Kim Jong Un’s last known reported whereabouts after his meeting was a coastal resort his private train may have taken him to back on April 13th. This information is also unconfirmed, but some point to satellite imagery of Un’s private train near the resort on that date.
Another rumor related to the resort visit was that Un had come down with COVID-19 and was going into quarantine. Still, this would not explain the lack of a video or other proof of life one would expect, even from North Korea, when rumors are flying around the globe that their leader is experiencing severe health issues or has died.
Senator Lindsey Graham says he would “be shocked” if the leader was not dead or medically incapacitated.
“Well, it’s a closed society, I don’t know anything directly. But I’d be shocked if he’s not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don’t let rumors like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea,” Graham said.
“So I pretty well believe he is dead or incapacitated. And I hope the long-suffering North Korean people will get some relief if he is dead, and President Trump’s willing to do business with North Korea in a win-win fashion. So, if this guy is dead, I hope the next person who takes over will work with President Trump to make North Korea a better place for everybody.”
Persecution is real for every North Korean citizen, but it’s especially brutal for Christians. Persecution in North Korea is generally considered to be the worst on the entire planet, consistently placing in the top spot on Open Doors watch list.
CBN reported recently on the brave people sharing the Bible in North Korea, who risk harsh punishments — possibly even death — for proclaiming the Gospel.