Kim Jong-un's Weight Loss Not Affecting His Governing Activities, South Korean Spies Say
16:55 GMT 13.07.2021 (Updated: 13:38 GMT 18.09.2023)
© Photo : KCNA KCNA image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting with senior officials from the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee and Provincial Party Committees in Pyongyang, June 8, 2021.
© Photo : KCNA
Pyongyang previously stated that North Korean citizens were heartbroken by Kim's "emaciated appearance" because the leader lost a lot of weight while "working for the good of the country".
South Korean intel believes that Kim Jong-un has lost up to 20 kilos (3 stone or 44 pounds) with the help of a severe diet.
"Kim Jong-un recently lost around 10 to 20 kilograms of weight, and is conducting normal governance activities", Kim Byeong-kee, a Democratic Party legislator and a memeber of the intelligence committee, said.
© REUTERS / KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses a conference of cell secretaries of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released on April 7, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses a conference of cell secretaries of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released on April 7, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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Kim Jong-un was out of the public eye for almost a month, only reappearing at the end of June, and looking much thinner than before.
The state-run North Korean media addressed the issue, saying that the nation's leader had lost weight because he was working for the good of the country. At the same time, a wave of media speculations erupted, suggesting that Kim's weight loss could be a result of major health problems.