There's some strange things happening in North Korea regarding the "Dear Leader". Pictures of Kim Jong Il have been removed from prominent places in which they have remained for years. Several media outlets in North Korea have also been found to no longer contain the reference of "Dear Leader" when refering to Kim Jong Il. A number of other reports speculate that there is something wrong with the leader and that he has either passed away or there is a silent coup going on in the country and that it is being heavily covered up.
New York Times
Portraits of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, have been quietly taken down this fall in important institutions in the country's capital, Pyongyang, several diplomats there say.
Analysts are debating the reasons, with explanations that range from a demotion of North Korea's "Dear Leader" to a simple desire to place the portraits in more ornate frames.
... according to reports from Pyongyang by the Itar-Tass news agency and an ambassador in the capital, guests at recent Foreign Ministry receptions have seen only portraits of Mr. Kim's father, Kim Il Sung...
"Only a light rectangular spot on the yellow whitewashed wall and a nail have remained in the place where the second portrait used to be," the Itar-Tass correspondent said of the People's Palace of Culture.
There has been no official reaction from North Korea to the reports. But a North Korean diplomat in Moscow was quoted Tuesday by Itar-Tass as saying: "This is false information, lies. Can the sun be removed from the sky? It is not possible."
In Tokyo, analysts at Radiopress, a Japanese news agency that monitors the North Korean news media, were mystified.
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A coup would be almost impossible in NK unless it was a Ceaser style uprising. Most likely is the leader is very ill or has died.
Posted by: Matt Bing on November 18, 2004 04:20 PM
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As for the coup in North Korea, it would obviously have to be an internal coup since there has been no noticable groups of people marching downtown.
Posted by: Digger on November 18, 2004 05:03 PM