Kim’s Medical Team

Reuters is reporting that a Chinese medical team has been dispatched to North Korea to consult on North Korea’s Supreme Leader’s condition:

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts to advise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with the situation.

The trip by the Chinese doctors and officials comes amid conflicting reports about the health of the North Korean leader. Reuters was unable to immediately determine what the trip by the Chinese team signaled in terms of Kim’s health.

A delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday, two of the people said. The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring North Korea.

It’s hard to speculate about what this indicates. On the one hand calling in international consultants is evidence that Kim is still alive but on the other hand it probably isn’t the sniffles. Although with North Korea you can never tell.

Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, died at 70 of a heart attack so cardiovascular problems clearly run in the family. Kim’s smoking and weight lend further weight to the speculations.

As I noted in my last post on this subject, everything is speculation right now but any time there is a potential change of leadership in a nuclear-armed country it piques my interest.

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  1. CSK says:

    And he could be dying of Covid-19.

  2. c says:

    The adventures of Schrödinger ‘s dictator continue?

  3. Jax says:

    Some places appear to be reporting that he is either brain dead or actually dead as a result of a botched heart surgery. Not sure how reliable these places are.

  4. de stijl says:


    I am firmly in the camp of not wishing ill on domestic political opponents.

    For now.

    But Kim Jong Un is a foreign enemy and a super dick. Screw that guy. Hope he dies of Covid-19 and megacancer and super AIDS in intense pain.

    Screw that guy and Putin too. And Orban.

    All of them make the world worse on purpose and cannot be voted out democratically.

    Putin is such a priggish fucking asshole.

    Screw those guys.

  5. dazedandconfused says:

    Kin’s medical team is wishing they’d worn their brown pants today.

  6. CSK says:

    According to the NYPost and the U.K. Express, Kim is dead. He died Saturday night, of botched heart surgery.

    I’d hate to be the surgeon.

  7. Just nutha ignint crackerd says:

    I don’t know what it means either, but I am confident that it’s indicative of not very good news for/about Supreme Leader Kim and whatever condition his condition is in.

  8. Gustopher says:

    China has dispatched a team to North Korea including medical experts

    I’m really curious about who else is on that team.

  9. Mr. Prosser says:

    @CSK: Not only the surgeon but everyone down to the gate guard.

  10. de stijl says:


    Seth Rogen, James Franco?

    The kids from Geeks and Freaks did well.

    It is good that series died too soon. Urbody got hungry. That was a crucible of talent.

  11. de stijl says:

    The Interview is not a good movie, but Randall Park super kills.

  12. dazedandconfused says:


    I feel the Norks are too proud to ask for Chinese medical advise so this medical delegation (if it exists) is there so the Chinese government can assess Kim’s condition for themselves. Norks feeling compelled to consult the Chinese in this matter indicates they do not expect Kim to either survive or regain useful consciousness. Wanting to have the Chinese witness the pulling of the plug is logical. They are a paranoid state and at best this will be a difficult succession.

  13. mattbernius says:

    The NoRKs just made it official. JFC 2020, can the world just get a pause?!

  14. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @mattbernius: Do you have a source for that? In an article from 2 hours ago, International Business Times is still calling it a rumor.

  15. mattbernius says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    I was just coming back to say that it appears that I got taken in by a fake report. The wierd part was it appeared to have been posted to my feed by a legit source (rather than just some rando).

    Apologies for spreading some legit fake news. I will work to do better in the future.

  16. de stijl says:

    In case it becomes necessary, the sister’s name is Kim Yo-Jong.

    Per Wikipedia she is the vice director of the, catch this name, The Propaganda And Agitation Department.

    North Korea is refreshingly honest in naming government controlled media handlers.

    Here, we just call that Fox News.

  17. Bill says:


    I’m really curious about who else is on that team.

    A medium to conduct a seance?