Speculations are rife that the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may have killed his wife Ri Sol-ju after she reportedly fell out with Kim’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong, who is widely believed to be the real source of power in the country.
According to the Express.co.uk, reports from the secretive state have suggested that Ri Sol-ju may have fallen with Kim Yo-jong. Ri Sol-ju has not been seen in public for seven months. Fears of her murder stem from the fact that the 32-year-old North Korean despot has been blamed for killing several members of his own family.
In 2013, Kim Jong-un was accused of blowing up his uncle Jang Sung-taek with a missile after calling him “human scum worse than a dog”. The report says that in the last few week, Kim Jong-un has travelled and made public appearances in the country alone.
Ri was last seen in public on a tour of a new commercial district and health complex in Pyongyang on March 28, the report quotes South Korean news agency Yonhap News as saying. However, the fears that Kim may have murdered his wife may be totally unfounded. Ri had previously disappeared in 2012 and later emerged in the public with a baby.
Among several factors that could have led to Ri’s disappearance, Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who focuses on the Pyongyang leadership, doesn’t deny the possibility that she could be carrying the North Korean leader’s another child.
Another reason could be that the couple is not on good terms these days.
Toshimitsu says that there is also a possibility that Ri is being closely guarded as there were reports of “instability and even of several attempted attacks” including by factions in the North Korean military.
The despot’s sister heads North Korean’s Propaganda and Agitation Department. She has been responsible for spreading Kim’s cult personality status in the reason.