SEOUL (Reuters) – Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken by leader Kim Jong Un’s apparent weight loss, said an anonymous resident in Pyongyang cited in heavily regulated state media. After watching Kim’s latest video
Rare public comments about Kim’s health came after foreign analysts noted in early June that the dictator, believed to be 37, appeared to have lost a significant amount of weight.
“Seeing the respected secretary-general (Kim Jong Un) look so gaunt, our people’s hearts are so broken,” the man said in an interview aired by KRT on Friday.
“Everybody said they were in tears,” he said.
in the clip, which Reuters was unable to manually verify. Pyongyang residents were found watching large screens on the street at a concert attended by Kim and party officials after a plenary meeting of the Workers̵7; Party of Korea (WPK).
The broadcast did not provide any details. about what causes weight loss
When Kim reappeared in the state media in June, After not being made public for almost a month. An analyst at NK News, a Seoul-based website that examines North Korea. Note that his watch appears to be tighter than before, with a slimmer wrist.
Because Kim firmly holds power in North Korea. and uncertainty about any succession plans for Kim. spy agency And experts are closely monitoring his health.
at the beginning of last year Speculations about Kim’s health exploded after he missed the state’s founder Kim Il Sung’s birthday celebration on April 15 and will appear publicly again in early May.
In 2014, state media reported that Kim is suffering from “Discomfort” after a long absence from the public eye.
(Reporting by Josh Smith; Additional reporting by Minwoo Park; Edited by Gareth Jones)