Kim Jong-Un mysteriously disappeared for 20 days for the sake of PR Korea. This version was put forward by Ilya Dyachkov, associate professor of the Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO,
“The disappearance of the leader, which everyone suddenly began to talk about, has become such a way of drawing attention to oneself. And in a surprising way the whole world press talked about it, this week the news didn’t go away with assumptions about what happened, ”said Dyachkov.
According to him, the DPRK was ignored due to the pandemic. The “disappearance” of the leader helped return the country to the global information agenda.
At the same time, the Koreans made similar PR attempts earlier. For example, increased military activity in March-April.
The expert also noted that the absence of Kim Jong-un at the festival in honor of Kim Il Sung could be due to certain medical procedures.
But the main conclusion from the exaggerated rumors about the “death” of the North Korean ruler is that you can no longer trust the “solid” and “serious” sources of the Western media.
Recall that in mid-April, Kim Jong-un did not appear at the celebration in honor of his grandfather – the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung. Then the leader was not visible for 20 days.
The Western press immediately suggested that Kim Jong-un died or was seriously ill. Referring to sources, the media wrote that the DPRK leader suffered an unsuccessful operation and is in a “vegetative state”. The reason was allegedly frightened and trembling hands of the surgeon.