In North Korea, a warning: such gossip would not be imagined at Kim Jong Un’s predecessors

The North Korean authorities are spreading the message that Kim Jong Un is not facing any health problems, is completely healthy, and his weight loss is said to show that he is suffering alongside the people of his country. The country is currently facing a chronic food shortage, the current problems are exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Speculation on Kim Jong Un’s health began in June this year, when the North Korean leader appeared to be significantly thinned after a long absence from public appearances. In response to these gossip, the country’s authorities launched an investigation to find out who started the gossip about the leader’s deteriorating health and referred to rumors as betrayal.

Still, the desire to curb people’s gossip was fruitless.

According to Radio Free Asia, during a weekly meeting with the population, representatives of one of the city authorities said that gossip about the leader’s health was a “reactionary action”.

The media quotes an unnamed source who attended one of these meetings. He told them they were told that Kim Jong Un was experiencing the North Korean crisis in solitude, so the weight loss was like the result of those experiences.

Some people who attended such meetings have admitted that they have a great heartache that their leader is suffering so much alone. However, a source in Radio Free Asia said the individuals said so only because officials wanted to hear it.

“This is the first time the authorities believe that people need to be made aware of Kim Jong Un’s health problems through surveillance units in all regions,” the source was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia.

“Reuters”/”Scanpix” nuotr./Kim Jong Unas

Still, some residents agree that Kim Jong Uno’s weight loss is not a bad thing because the way he looked before could have harmed his health.

Radio Free Asia, a resident of Sarivon in northern Hwangea province, said the authorities’ monitoring units had also warned everyone not to talk publicly about Kim Jong Un’s health during meetings with residents.

The person, wishing to become anonymous for personal safety, said senior officials did not hold any extraordinary meeting with the city’s residents, but conversations about Kim Jong Un turned up during regular meetings.

“They stressed that it is forbidden to share any stories about a leader’s health. However, the public’s suspicion that Kim Jong Un has health problems has not disappeared, “the source said.


AFP / “Scanpix” nuotr./Kim Jong Unas

He also stressed that he would not imagine people talking so openly about the health status of a leader in the country under Kim Jong Un’s grandfather Kim Il Sung or father Kim Jong Il. The source said that in some cases, when such speeches were spread to previous leaders, people who spread these gossip ended up in political prison.

“Still, everyone now knows about Kim Jong Un’s slimming, so the authorities are doing everything they can to keep people’s mouths shut,” said anonymous.

In North Korea, as soon as a leader is invisible to the public for an extended period of time, rumors of a deteriorating state of health for the regime leader are rapidly spreading. Guessing of what would happen to this one also begins.

Radio Free Asia recalls one such incident in April 2020, when Kim Jong Un was not seen in public for some time. Then residents living on the border with China began to say that the leader of the regime was already on the deathbed. At the time, analysts speculated who would take over North Korea’s leadership – Kim Jo Jong’s sister Kim Yo Jong had speculated that power would take over.

However, these speeches lost their meaning when Kim Jong Un appeared in public on May 1 and denied all speeches.

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