North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is apparently losing weight, so quickly that people in his country are worried for him.
This paints a portrait of the dictator as more than just an imposing figure; it makes him seem vulnerable to those who view North Korean media and worry about how he will fare next year if this keeps up at its current pace. It also shows what might be happening behind closed doors: even with his tight grip on power, Kim may not have all the answers himself - or any control over when food shortages happen!
Kim Jong Un is apparently losing weight, so quickly that even the tightly-controlled media of North Korea noticed. Before and after videos compiled by Reuters show he does seem noticeably thinner.
It's been a month since the North Korean TV aired footage of Kim attending an event. However, if you compare it to a video from about four months ago, filmed at the same angle and place as this new clip-you might notice that something is off!
Earlier this month North Korean TV aired footage of Kim attending a party meeting, but new evidence suggests it may have been another person entirely. Earlier this year in February for example, an unknown figure was shown sitting at the same table as other figures with their backs to the camera; however when looking closely it can be seen that there is someone else occupying his seat.
Analysts from foreign countries have noticed that Kim Jong Un's voice has been getting quieter. He was seen on North Korean TV for the first time in months this weekend, and it showed people of Pyongyang watching him with a concerned expression as he seemed to be emaciated. However, analysts are not sure why his appearance may change or what caused these changes since there were no details provided about possible health issues due to censorship laws within Korea.
North Korean TV offered rare segment on Kim's health. This man, said to be a Pyongyang resident, is saying that the leader looks "emaciated" and that it breaks the people's hearts. It's not clear why Kim may have lost weight yet but rumors range from diabetes or even cancer to an old motorcycle accident in his youth which left him with painful sensitive injuries of his spine.
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