Kim Jong-un missing for another 12 days since ‘alive’ footage emerged as US spooks admit they can’t prove it was real – The Sun

KIM Jong-un is missing AGAIN and hasn't been seen for 12 days – as the US admits it “can't say” whether the recent pictures of him are real.

The North Korean dictator vanished last month for 20 days sparking speculation that he has died or was gravely ill after a botched heart operation.

However, on May 1, the secretive state released footage of the 36-year-old visiting a newly-opened fertiliser plant in his country appearing to quash the health rumours.

Kim, who seized power of the rogue country in 2011, has not been seen since those pictures emerged.

Yet while US intelligence cannot verify whether the images are real, White House security adviser Robert O’Brien told reporters yesterday Kim is likely alive and “probably doing well”, reports Bloomberg.


He said: “He seems to be out and cutting ribbons on fertiliser factories.

“So, you know, our thinking is he is probably doing well.”

Mr O’Brien admitted that American spies “can’t say one way or the other” whether the recent “open source” pictures of the despot were real.

He added: “We call it the hermit kingdom. It’s very difficult to get information out of North Korea.


“They’re not very forthcoming with information, but they did release photos of him being alive and well and we assume that he is.”

Meanwhile, North Korea has reportedly appointed a new chief of its military spy agency, known as the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

Army general Rim Kwang-il replaced Jang Kil-song last December, research by South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) shows.

The agency is known for masterminding plots against its neighbour including a 2010 torpedo attack on a warship which killed 46 sailors.

Rim's promotion is one of 23 new appointments within Kim's party, government and military, the MOU says.

A ministry official said: “In the past year, the turnover rate for the ruling Party Political Bureau (PB) was almost 80 per cent… and 82 per cent for the State Affairs Commission.”

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