On Friday, an extraordinary interview aired on the North Korean state channel.
A resident of the capital, Pyongyang, said he and other residents were devastated to see how much the country’s leader Kim Jong-un has recently lost weight. It writes many media CNN.
The head of state has not been portrayed publicly in recent months, but a feature was shown by Kim Jong-un speaking on the state channel in June. There, TV pictures show he is thinner than he was before.
The health of the top leader is something that is not generally mentioned, in a country where his reputation and image are under strict control and controlled by the state media, BBC.
Began to cry
There were many rumors about Kim Jong-un’s health during his reign, but they were rarely commented on by the country’s worst secret officials.
Pyongyang has not yet released a public statement on Kim Jong-un’s health or weight loss. What this means is that this interview is the most official confirmation of the sudden appearance of the booked leader.
The name of the interviewer was not mentioned. He told reporters on the state channel that the people, including himself, were utterly devastated when they saw the position of the top leader.
“Everyone says they started to cry,” the man told the North Korean state channel.
A potential miss
It is not clear why the TV channel chose to show that statement from the interviewer, whose opinion is representative of the people of Pyongyang.
Since all the media in the country are under the strict supervision of the government, it is not possible that the interview did not get official approval.
According to CNN, North Korea often tends to reuse old news instead of producing new live broadcasts.
Therefore, it is strange that the interview with the man was shown only once, which may indicate that there is a possibility that the broadcast was missed.
Wondering about health
Earlier this month, after photos of a government meeting, it was speculated that Kim Jong-un had lost a few kilos.
NK says the strap of his expensive watch is tighter than it was before. Later analyzed by the website News. The BBC reports that this may be a sign that he has lost weight.
The health of the leader has been a theme many times. In 2014, the leader went missing for 40 days, leaving many wondering if he was dead or seriously ill.
In 2020, there was speculation about Kim Jong-un’s health, When he went missing for 20 days.
The weight of the North Korean leader has long been a topic, and many have wondered if he has diabetes or other serious illnesses. This cannot be confirmed as the state media has not yet commented on Kim Jong-un’s health.