Where in the world is Kim Kim Jong-un? Nork ‘elites’ uneasy

Where in the world is Kim Kim Jong-un? Nork ‘elites’ uneasy

Kim Jong-un hasn’t been seen in public for five weeks with his absence potentially unnerving the North Korean elite whose loyalty he needs to stay in power, and making an erratic regime even more unpredictable.

North and South Korean forces exchanged fire on Friday across one of the world’s most-fortified borders for the second time in less than a week. The firefight came hours after Mr Kim skipped an annual visit to a family mausoleum for the first time since coming to power in late 2011, further fuelling speculation about his health and grip on power.

“Kim’s health problem will ramp up feelings of insecurity among the North Korean leadership and make them react more nervously,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior analyst at the Sejong Institute near Seoul.

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