Kim Jong-un is 'sick' and plans are in place if he dies, says security chief

Kim Jong-un is "sick" and North Korea has contingency plans in place in the event of a power struggle should the leader die, an intelligence chief has said.

Chiu told Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Chiang Chi-chen that he did not want to discuss the situation in North Korea further in public as it risked compromising a source.

He did, however, add that regardless of whether political turbulence rears its head, there would only be a brief period of integration and struggle.

And assured legislatures plans were in place for a potential power struggle if the leader should die, according to reports.

It has been claimed by multiple news outlets the controversial leader is desperately unwell or perhaps dead having undergone heart surgery.

Speculation erupted after Kim missed an annual birthday celebration for his late grandfather - Kim Il-sung, the country's founder - on April 15.

According to reports yesterday, officials in North Korea have stopped attempting to silence suggestion that Kim is dead.

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