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'Emaciated' Kim Jong-un Leaves 'Everyone' in North Korea Heartbroken, State Media Claims

© REUTERS / KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea in this image released June 18, 2021 by the country's Korean Central News Agency.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea in this image released June 18, 2021 by the country's Korean Central News Agency. - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.06.2021
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The condition of the North Korean leader's health is a rather rare topic of public discussion in the “hermit kingdom”, but not altogether unheard of: in 2014, KCTV ran a documentary showing Kim limping to a sad tune, with a tearful narrator relaying the leader's health struggles after his conspicuously long absence from the public eye.

All of North Korea is "heartbroken" to see Kim Jong-un's visible weight loss, according to a recently aired interview on national television.

The KCTV broadcaster aired a programme where citizens of the North Korean capital were interviewed about their reactions to new songs glorifying the Supreme Leader and the state.

One middle-aged man appeared to speak on behalf of the whole country, telling a KCTV reporter that everyone in North Korea is pained to see the leader so "emaciated".

“Seeing our respected comrade General Secretary [Kim Jong-un] become emaciated like that, all the people became so heartbroken. Everyone is talking about it. We all just started to cry”, the man confessed.

​In early June, speculation about Kim Jong-un's health was reinvigorated after the DRPK leader made a public appearance after a lengthy withdrawal from the public eye, looking visibly thinner. Last year, his "disappearance" ignited rumours that he might be comatose - or even dead.

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