By: Deegan Mundy
For those of you who don’t know, Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean leader (or you might know him as the North Korean leader that spends his free time posing on horseback in propaganda type documentaries) reappeared this week after playing hide-and-seek for the past six weeks.
We can all wipe the sweat from our brows knowing that tonight; Kim Jong-Un is safe and sound. However, his reasoning for the disappearance, his health and the stability of the North Korean government are all in question. Due to a guarded government that expends most of its power trying to impede the flow of knowledge, the county lacks true journalistic freedom, which leaves the world looking for answers and wondering what is really going on underneath the impenetrable wall that the government has used to conceal its motives.
The facts are:
On Sept. 3 Mr. Kim was recorded as attending a concert. Despite the report, he was not necessarily seen there, and there were many rumors that the report may have been fake and that it was used to dispel rumors that Mr. Kim had lost control in a power struggle.
For nearly 6 weeks, there were absolutely no signs of Mr. Kim. Which is uncommon for a North Korean leader, or any leader. On the week of Oct.13, The Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr. Kim had visited a housing district in Pyongyang. He was spotted with a cane and a limp, indicating that rumors of his ill health may be true.
In addition, Mr. Kim failed to partake in various annual rituals such as visiting his father and grandfather in the mausoleum where they lie in state.
The disappearance of a world leader indicates change that could affect the rest of the world. Whether it is his health or a power struggle, the North Korean totalitarian government is unstable and armed with nuclear weapons, which means that Kim Jong-Un’s game of hide-and-seek could have some serious repercussions.