Published on Apr 26, 2020

Rumours have swirled surrounding the health of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s health following his noticeable absence from state media, official statements and public events in recent days.

The third-generation hereditary leader who came to power after his father’s death in 2011 has no clear successor and it is unclear who would lead the nuclear-armed nation in the event of his incapacitation.

Jim Walsh is a senior research associate in the Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He joins us on Skype from Boston.

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