FACT CHECK: Viral Video Claims To Show Kim Jong Un’s Funeral

Trevor Schakohl | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s funeral service.

Verdict: False

The footage comes from the funeral of Kim Jong Il, the father and predecessor of Kim Jong Un.

Fact Check:

Facebook posts containing alleged footage from Kim Jong Un’s funeral have circulated amid media reports speculating that the North Korean leader is dead or near death. The rumors started circulating after Kim Jong Un missed the April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather and founder of the country’s dynastic regime, Kim Il Sung.

This particular Facebook video, which premiered as a live stream on April 27, shows a repeating video of people paying their respects to a person lying in a clear glass coffin. The caption claims, “EXCLUSIVE: Kim Jong Un funeral scenes.” (RELATED: Viral Image Claims North Korea ‘Accidentally Nuked’ One Of Its Cities In 2017)

Through a reverse image search, the Daily Caller discovered that the video clips actually come from his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il‘s funeral in December 2011. All of the clips appear in The Associated Press’ archived footage of that event. Kim Jong Un attended the event and can be seen in the original footage, though those clips were not included in the Facebook live stream.

South Korea has poured water on speculation that Kim Jung Un is seriously ill or dead. Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, who oversees engagement with North Korea, said on Tuesday that Kim Jong Un may have decided against attending the April 15 commemoration out of fear of catching the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

Trevor Schakohl

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