Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 15. The North Korean leader has never missed the event which prompted claims he had become unwell or may have even died. Despite the claims, a former CIA analyst who advised both the George Bush and Barack Obama administrations on North Korea, Sue Mi Terry insisted no country will know what is going on in the rogue state.
She told the Financial Times: “Trust me, they US officials don’t know what’s going on.
“It’s not only the Americans; it’s the rest of the world — there is a reason why no one knew for 48 hours that former leader Kim Jong Il had died and we found out only because the North Koreans decided to tell us.
“Their control of information is so tight.
“The only way we would know now is if one of the top elites is on our payroll, but even then, how would they know?”
Such is the secrecy of information within the regime, a second former CIA analyst, Jung Pak, revealed not even the inner circle of Kim’s top officials know the real truth of his health.
Termed as the “bull’s eye”, she said the regime deprived parts of the inner circle of information to try and frustrate any potential spy or double agents.
Ms Pak said: “The bureaucracy don’t talk to each other.
“Kim has been purging hundreds of people.
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Thae Yong Ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat in Europe and the UK also questioned whether China, which has closer ties to North Korea, knew any information.
Mr Thae said: “It is not a situation that even North Korea’s high-ranking officials will be aware of, except Mr Kim’s wife Ri Sol Ju and his closest aides.”
Donald Trump, who has tried to repair relations with North Korea by holding various summits, has insisted he is aware of Kim’s health.
Mr Trump said: ”I can’t tell you exactly.
“Yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can’t talk about it now.