Brad Johnson on rumors that North Korean leader is terminally ill.

 

 

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grab Johnson it’s April 22nd and in

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geopolitical news there are very strong

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rumors that the leader of North Korea is

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a wall that he’s either passed away or

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he’s in very serious brain-dead

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condition which I I’m told is also a

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upgrade for that particular guy and his

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sister looks like she’s poised to take

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over what do we know about that

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yeah there’s it’s interesting now a

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couple of aspects on this worth noting

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now that there’s a lot of information

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out there that saying he’s as you say

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very badly damaged in one way or another

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and has gone in for some form of surgery

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now of course it’s a closed system in

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North Korea so we don’t really know

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what’s going on to counterbalance that

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because the information is sort of

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overwhelming everybody’s kind of

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assuming that he is indeed sick to

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counterbalance that South Korea is

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reporting that they don’t have any

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information that that’s true now I give

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a lot of weight to the South Korea

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aspect of this because South Korea

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there’s nobody more interested in the

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world in what’s going on in North Korea

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than South Korea because they still got

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the DMZ in the Demilitarized Zone that

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border there’s a lot of conflict from

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time to time along that border and

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including shooting and killing people

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it’s it’s not a safe area and so this is

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something where they’re finely attuned

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to this and I would know I don’t know

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this so if I’m not drawing from special

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knowledge but you’ve got to assume that

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they have a great deal of reporting from

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inside North Korea of one form or

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another whether it’s from the media but

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their capability to watch and analyze is

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superior to anyone’s in in my opinion

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maybe it’s certainly equal to the United

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States I would say on the one subject of

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North Korea now they’re saying there’s

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no information to confirm that they

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don’t have any reason to believe that

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it’s true so like I said I now take the

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reporting with a great deal of salt if

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you will just because of the South Korea

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perspective however that said let’s just

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go on and assume it’s true for the

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moment and what will happen because if

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it’s not true he’ll just show back up

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out of stage and be yelling at somebody

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or doing something looking at a rocket

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blow off so that would be

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you know nothing is nothing it’ll be non

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news item then so if it’s true as you

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mentioned the sisters wall position

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she’s been in the press for the last two

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or three years now for North Korean

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standards to have her be a public

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persona in this system is very

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significant

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so she’s clearly very associated with

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her brother in in running North Korea

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and that’s widely accepted so he’s been

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bringing her in now there’s been some

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argument and discussion what exactly she

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represents is she the power behind the

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throne is she the real brains to all

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this what precisely is she just truly an

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ally of the brother helping and I think

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she sees that that her bread is buttered

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by having him be strong and in control

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so I think that some degree and probably

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vacillates up and down is whether she

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kind of runs the show or bits and pieces

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of the show or she just is a passive

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adviser and trying to help him along the

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way and I’m sure it’s some combination

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of those all of those factors but she

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would be the heir apparent and if he

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does die or is fully mentally

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incapacitated and no longer in control

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of the country she will be the person to

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step in so then it’s a question of how

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it will unfold from there so really I

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would say there’s there’s basically two

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scenarios that you could see one that I

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personally consider them more likely as

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she will immediately she’s already in

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some ways stepped into that breech since

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we don’t know the real condition there

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of the president if I can call him that

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the dictator of North Korea it’s hard to

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say what what how far that has gone and

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if it how real it is at this point but

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there’s also a lot of rumors that she

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was the one that was kind of pushing for

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some of the brutal executions of some of

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these people that the brother got rid of

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as he was consolidating his position as

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dictator of North Korea and if you’ll

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recall one of the guys was executed by

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firing squad

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he was stood up in front of a

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anti-aircraft gun and they shot him from

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close range in there

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anti-aircraft gun which just you know

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turns him basically into a mist that

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floats away on the breeze so they were

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certainly making a political point by

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that form of execution and a lot of

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rumors and discussion out there that the

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sisters behind some of these more brutal

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ideas one of the things I would point

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out about that is is and a lot of people

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don’t focus on this but if you look at

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terrorism for example and these

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political murderers and things like that

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that take place lumping this violence

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all into one big group women actually

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when they they don’t tend to get

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involved in that stuff but when they do

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get involved they tend to be far more

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cruel than the men it’s an interesting

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little aspect some of the terrorists

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you’ll remember this shopping mall in

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Africa they got taken over in the leader

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of this group that was doing it was a

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woman and and some of the real very

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cruel things that she had these people

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do and things that she did personally

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you know executing mothers in front of

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children and children in front of

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mothers where men terraces come in and

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if they want them dead they just shoot

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them and it’s over with so the rumor I

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tend to believe that the sister was

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involved in some of these things because

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that’s not she would view the world so I

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wouldn’t be overly surprised if

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everybody has a healthy respect for this

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woman and they’re a little bit afraid of

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her so as I say my my personal opinion

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is that that plan a would be that if if

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if the brother dies was incapacitated

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she’ll just step in and take control I

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think she’s already got a lot of control

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of course the other option is that she

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spot for it and then if that’s the case

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what that means is they’re gonna start

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shooting in North Korea until somebody’s

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left in charge and you can almost be

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certain of a quiet a little bit of

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bloodbath around the top and they would

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need to kill the sister almost

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immediately because she would just be

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too dangerous to be left alive so as

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long as she’s alive I think she’s the

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frontrunner to take control if the

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brother goes away if they can kill her

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if there’s if there’s groups in

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opposition that want that are that

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capable of killing her

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then then I think you would see the

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bloodbath really take off until like I

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said until one person was left in charge

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but like I said really my personal

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opinions based on South Korean reporting

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there may be nothing there to begin with

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if there is anything to begin with I

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think it would be a fairly by North

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Korean standards peaceful transition to

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the sister and then my third theory when

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it would be the the pandemonium and the

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shoot-’em-up sort of stuff

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