N Korea TV airs rare Kim Jong-un weight loss remark

Sun Online Desk

29th June, 2021 11:14:05 AM printer

N Korea TV airs rare Kim Jong-un weight loss remark


North Korea has aired unprecedented television footage of one of its citizens expressing concern for leader Kim Jong-un's sudden weight loss.

The country's main television channel has also shown footage of Mr Kim looking thinner than in recent years.

There have been persistent rumours about the North Korean leader's health in the decade he has been in power, but they have rarely been acknowledged by the country's notoriously secretive government.

What did North Korean viewers see?

Two recent clips shown on the country's main TV channel, Korea Central Television, have supposedly caused concern about the Supreme Leader's health.

One clip showed him arriving for a concert showing a dramatic weight loss.

The second - and most unusual clip - was of an unnamed Pyongyang citizen who told Central TV on Friday's main news: "Seeing Mr Kim become emaciated like that, we all became so sad. "Everyone just started to cry," he said.

"Kim Jong-un is using himself as a propaganda platform to emphasise the image of a leader working hard for his people day and night."

He is thought to be 37 years old, and is known to be a heavy smoker. He's also thought to drink heavily as well.