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North Koreans worry over 'emaciated' Kim Jong Un, state media says

WorldJun 27, 2021 03:45PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the fourth-day sitting of the 3rd Plenary Meeting of 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea in this image released June 18, 2021 by the country's Korean Cent

SEOUL (Reuters) - Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken over leader Kim Jong Un's apparent weight loss, said an unidentified resident of Pyongyang quoted on the country's tightly controlled state media, after watching recent video footage of Kim.

The rare public comment on Kim's health come after foreign analysts noted in early June that the autocratic leader, who is believed to be 37, appeared to have lost a noticeable amount of weight.

"Seeing respected general secretary (Kim Jong Un) looking emaciated breaks our people's heart so much," the man said in an interview aired by state broadcaster KRT on Friday.

"Everyone is saying that their tears welled up," he said.

In the clip, which Reuters could not independently verify, Pyongyang residents were seen watching a big screen on the street showing a concert attended by Kim and party officials after a plenary meeting of their Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).

The broadcast did not provide any details on what had led to the weight loss.

When Kim reappeared in state media in June after not being seen in public for almost a month, analysts at NK News, a Seoul-based website that monitors North Korea, noted that his watch appeared to be fastened more tightly than before around an apparently slimmer wrist.

Given Kim's tight grip on power in North Korea - and the uncertainty over any plans for a successor - international media, spy agencies, and specialists closely watch his health.

Early last year speculation about Kim’s health exploded after he missed the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim Il Sung on April 15, only to reappear in public in early May.

In 2014, state media reported that Kim was suffering from "discomfort", after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

North Koreans worry over 'emaciated' Kim Jong Un, state media says
 

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k yle
k yle Jun 27, 2021 7:02PM ET
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As an Korean , he is only person who get suspect either he lost weight or get overweight
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jun 27, 2021 3:27PM ET
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The secret is out : Asian chicks don't prefer fat.
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Raymond Huggard Jun 27, 2021 12:14PM ET
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Cry crocodile tears or its up against a wall. 99 percent if n koreans want him dead.
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Maybe if he invested less in nuclear weapons and his own pantry, the people may feed a little better.
 
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