North Korea is concerned about Kim Jong Un’s alleged health problem after a Pyongyang resident reported in an interview with the heavily state-controlled KRT TV that the supreme leader’s weight loss “breaks people’s hearts”.
North Korea’s supreme leader has been absent from public view for nearly a month, after reappearing in early June with a noticeable weight loss beginning to worry state media and the country’s population.
“Look at the esteemed Secretary-General [Kim Jong-un] Being thin breaks people’s hearts, a North Korean citizen said in an interview with state TV on Friday, adding that “all residents shed tears in their eyes.”
Thus, state television confirmed the Supreme Leader’s alleged weight loss, but after broadcasting the testimony of the North Korean citizen, KRT did not provide any additional information about Kim Jong-un’s health condition.
Other countries in the world have also expressed concern about this alleged health problem of the North Korean leader, because Kim Jong Un rules a country with a nuclear weapons program, which has developed experiments against the West, especially against the United States.
The interrogation about a plan to succeed the Supreme Leader made the international media, spy agencies and many experts closely monitor the leader’s health condition.
According to international media, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister appears to be more involved in the country’s politics, gaining more and more influence, but it is unclear whether Kim Yo Jong is part of the North Korean leader’s succession plan.
Speculation about the supreme leader’s health intensified on April 15, 2020, after he missed the anniversaries of the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and then reappeared in early May.
Kim Jong Un was out of the public eye for six weeks in 2014, the longest he spent without appearing in public. However, when he returned, he was seen walking with the help of a stick, which fueled speculation about the health of the leader.
Concerns about the health of the North Korean Workers’ Party leader are also linked to the Kim Jong Un family’s history of heart disease, given that Kim Il Sung (Kim Jong Un’s grandmother) and Kim Jong-un (Kim Jong Un’s father) died of heart attacks.