Slimmer Kim Jong-un’s health is taboo in North Korea

An ever thinner Kim Jong-un He appeared in public again on September 9 to witness a grand parade in Pyongyang. North Korea, which closed its borders at the beginning of the pandemic and is proud of its success in the fight against Covid-19, organized a grandiose parade on September 9 for the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the regime and the 10th anniversary of the government of the ruler.

Heavy smoker, Kim, 37, has been a victim of obesity for many years. Spy reports claim that when he came to power he was eating large amounts of Swiss cheese, caviar, lobster and wine. And last year, South Korean intelligence services told MPs that they believed Kim weighed 90 kg when he came to power in 2011 and had gained an average of 6 to 7 kg a year since then reaching the 140 kilos.

The supreme ruler was out of public view for nearly a month, reappearing in late June much thinner than before, prompting Kim’s health to be debated on a state-run TV channel, where he was quoted as saying. an anonymous man from Pingyang lamenting: Seeing the respected secretary general looking haggard breaks the hearts of our people”.

Clandestine reports claimed that when he came to power he ingested large quantities of Swiss cheese, caviar, lobster and wine.
South Korean Intelligence said in 2020 that Kim weighed 90 kg when he came to power in 2011 and had gained an average of 6 to 7 kg a year since then reaching 140 kg.

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“He suffers with his people”, says the official version

In early July, Asian media reported that he lost a lot of weight in just a few months, citing health problems. “Kim Jong-un recently lost around 10-20 kilograms in weight and is doing normal government activities.”, He said South Korean legislator Kim Byeong-kee based on intelligence reports. The North Korean media, all under the regime’s control, refuted the speculation and said that the leader had lost weight because he was “working for the good of the country”.

But the regime’s explanations failed to convince the North Koreans, who seem to no longer believe in the divinity of the Kim dynasty. The physical state of the dictator has already been highlighted so many times that the country’s authorities began to urge citizens not to talk about their health, according to reports. Radio Free Asia (RFA) citing its sources in the country.

The account allegedly promoted by the authorities states that Kim, whom he refers to as the Maximum Dignity, is healthy, and that his weight loss is due to him “Suffers along with his people, who fight against chronic food insecurity aggravated due to the effects of a prolonged coronavirus pandemic ”.

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In a never-before-seen criticism of the Kim dynasty in North Korea, a man was quoted on state TV who lamented: “Seeing the respected secretary-general looking haggard breaks the hearts of our people.”
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In early July, Asian media reported that he lost a lot of weight in just a few months, citing health problems.

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“It is a ‘reactionary act’ to speak of the health of the leader”

“As the stories of health problems related to Maximum Dignity weight loss spread among residents, many of the Chongjin neighborhood watch units made official statements to people (…), saying that it is a ‘reactionary act’ to speak of the health of the leader, ”an anonymous source told RFA.

The source, identified as a North Korean citizen from a port area, also claimed that neighborhood watchdog units said Kim’s sudden weight loss “It is not due to a health problem, but is suffering alone for the good of the country and people in crisis.”

“This is the first time that the authorities have felt the need to officially explain through the neighborhood watch units in all regions that the Maximum Dignity he has no health problems, ”said that person. “But on the other hand, some of the residents agreed and They said Kim’s weight loss wouldn’t be a bad thing, as the way she looked before losing weight seemed to be more dangerous to her health”.

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North Korean media, all under the regime’s control, say the leader had lost weight because he was “working for the good of the country.”
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Christopher Green, a Korea specialist at Leiden University, suggests that state media may be highlighting its weight to show solidarity with North Koreans who are enduring severe food shortages.

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Another anonymous source said that the North Hwanghae state watchdog also warned the population not to murmur about Kim’s health and recalled that, in the time of the current leader’s father or grandfather, it would have been unheard of for anyone to speak openly about health. of the head of state.

From Kim Jong-il, father of Kim Jong-un, the official account spread that his birth was announced by a double rainbow and a bright star in the sky, that he learned to walk at 3 weeks and to speak at 8, which he achieved write about 1,500 books while in college, and composed six operas in two years.

Murmur about it Dear leader it could be very dangerous. “In some cases back then, the person who spokeaba about the leader’s health problems era taken together with her family to a political prison ”, said the person. “But these days, everyone is on top of Maximum Dignity weight loss, so authorities are doing everything they can to keep people’s mouths shut,” he said. RFA.

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