/ 29 June 2021

Questions about Slim Kim

According to state media, North Korean citizens are growing concerned about leader Kim Jong Un’s weight loss. “Seeing [him] become emaciated like that, we all became so sad. Everyone just started to cry” a citizen said in an unprecedented airing of commentary about the leader’s health. The 37yo has shed some kilos, with some reports estimating he’s down 10-20kg. Kim’s health has been in focus after recent disappearances from public view. But analysts say it could be a concerted propaganda effort to highlight the need for sacrifice amid food shortages across the nation. It’s also renewed chatter about what might happen in the event of Kim’s death with no clear successor to carry on the family business.

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