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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is either dead, brain dead or just fine, depending on which Asian media report you believe.

The dictator, nicknamed “Rocket Man” by President Trump for his love of missile launches and nukes, underwent a stent procedure earlier this month that started a swirl of international speculation.



A Hong Kong broadcast network claimed Saturday that Kim died, citing a “very solid source.” A Japanese magazine, meanwhile, reported late Friday that he is in “a vegetative state.” On Kim’s home turf, the North Korean media has acted as if everything is perfectly normal.

Other unconfirmed reports, attributed to senior Community Party sources in Beijing, claimed Kim succumbed when his surgeon botched the minor operation because his hands were shaking so badly.

The portly leader’s absence from Saturday’s much-ballyhooed 88th anniversary of the birth of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army further fueled the death talk.

Earlier in the week, President Trump downplayed reports that Kim is ill, and an official familiar with U.S. intelligence said the government had no reason to conclude he was seriously ill.

Still, the whispers grew louder when China dispatched medical experts to help treat Kim, Reuters reported Friday.

One Chinese medic told the Japanese magazine that the leader clutched his chest and fell to the ground on a visit to the countryside earlier this month. A doctor accompanying Kim performed CPR and took him to a nearby hospital, where apparently the procedure was performed.

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Besides being Kim’s chief aide, Kim Yo Jong is really the only family member left to take over.

Kim had his older half-brother assassinated in Malaysia in 2017. And Kim Jong Chol, who is three years older and known to be a superfan of Eric Clapton, was once dismissed as too “girlish” by their father to run the murderous regime.

“It would be unprecedented and shocking for there to be a female Great Leader but it wouldn’t be heresy,” Sung-Yoon Lee, a North Korea expert at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy, told The Post. “The need to keep power in the family trumps everything, including any traditions of chauvinism or misogyny in North Korea.”

North Korea will likely shut down every inch of the border in the event of Kim’s death, Maxwell said, and the country’s Politburo will meet behind closed doors to designate his successor.

Both Kim Jong Un and his sister spent part of their childhood in Swiss boarding schools, where they learned English and had more than a taste of Western life.

Besides being Kim’s chief aide, Kim Yo Jong is really the only family member left to take over.

Kim had his older half-brother assassinated in Malaysia in 2017. And Kim Jong Chol, who is three years older and known to be a superfan of Eric Clapton, was once dismissed as too “girlish” by their father to run the murderous regime.

“It would be unprecedented and shocking for there to be a female Great Leader but it wouldn’t be heresy,” Sung-Yoon Lee, a North Korea expert at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy, told The Post. “The need to keep power in the family trumps everything, including any traditions of chauvinism or misogyny in North Korea.”

North Korea will likely shut down every inch of the border in the event of Kim’s death, Maxwell said, and the country’s Politburo will meet behind closed doors to designate his successor.

Both Kim Jong Un and his sister spent part of their childhood in Swiss boarding schools, where they learned English and had more than a taste of Western life.

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