Following a twenty-day absence from the public, Kim Jong-un had made an appearance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sunchon fertilizer factory on May 1st and then disappeared once again for twenty-one days. But then he suddenly appeared again, according to Rodong Sinmun. Is he really a boundless being who can appear and disappear at his whim like a ghost?
What is the reason for his frequent disappearing act even during peacetime?
Recently, the Rodong Sinmun posted an article admitting that the legendary warp speed General Kim Il-sung had possessed during the Partisan days was not real but just a metaphor.
Kim Jong-un had disappeared from the North Korean media since April 12th, and the international press, including CNN, reported the possibility of an ailment of one form or another, even death with 99% certainty. In the meantime, some even theorized that his sister Kim Yo-jong was in charge of the regime.
The idea of Kim Yo-jong succeeding Kim Jong-un has been around since the latter part of 2019, and Liberty Korea Post correspondents inside North Korea have suggested that a phrase, "Dear Leader Kim Yo-jong," was going around in some circles.
In Kim Jong-il's case, he began to address the succession issue after he had suffered a stroke.
Because of the one-man, one-party dictatorship system of North Korea, no one would dare to mention anything about the succession issue as long as he was alive. Kim Jong-il was the sole possessor of the power to appoint his successor.
In North Korea, deciding the successor was not a subject of discussion, nor a matter of requiring permission from anyone.
Likewise, if North Korea needs to decide on a successor today, only Kim Jong-un can do it. If he had decided on a successor already, that means Kim Jong-un had done so with full knowledge about his health situation and the need to come up with a successor.
North Korea has followed three principles in deciding a successor from Kim Il-sung and those following.
First, the leader must be a great thinker and a sage. Second, he must have made outstanding achievements. Third, he must possess the charisma to lead the people.
Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il had scholars like Hwang Jang-yop, who authored Juche thoughts and ideology.
Kim Jong-un could mimic Kim Il-sung and arouse nostalgia about his grandfather, but he lacked the ideological acumen and failed the first requirement.
If Kim Jong-un had to address the issue of succession right now based on Kim's familial dynasty, he would have to build a cult of personality for a young boy.
The idolization process of a young boy would require false magic far exceeding Kim Il-sung's "warp" legend.
In any case, Kim Jong-un seems to be showing his magical prowess by putting on his now-you- see-me-now-you-don't act.
And, would he really think about his successor, be it Kim Yo-jong or his young children?
However, no matter what the case, his health is not up to par, and many suggest that he should face the reality of the situation—the coming end of the Kim family and CVID of the Kim monarch.