This kind of speculation is to be expected when Kim is not seen for days.
However, I wonder if the ROK/US Alliance would be ready to exploit the situation if there was a military coup. Do we have a plan in place to make immediate contact with a new leader? What would be the ROK message, the US message or the Alliance message? Who would reach out first and how? What would be our public policy statements?
If such a coup happened it could obviously be a game changer but perhaps only if we were prepared to exploit it. This would especially be the case of the coup leader was leading a resistance organization that would seek reconciliation with the ROK.
The bottom line is would the Administration be ready for the proverbial 3am wake up call if a coup really happened?