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North Koreans worry over 'emaciated' leader Kim Jong-un's weight loss

North Koreans worry over 'emaciated' leader Kim Jong-un's weight loss




Now here's our top focus north koreans  are worried about their supreme leader  kim jong-un this after citizens got a glimpse of  their leader on june the 4th after a  month-long absence from public view  and noticed that he was visibly thinner  though not ill residents of pyongyang expressed  worry about  kim jong-un becoming thinner at a recent  public activity  in the footage aired by state media  pyongyang residents were seen watching a  big screen on the street  showing a concert which came attended  this along with an earlier video that  showed kim jong-un looking noticeably  thinner that compared to footage from four  months ago  this is not the first time there has  been speculation about the north korean  leader's health  his health is tracked closely by the  international community  since it is thought to be an indicator  about his grip over the country's regime  right now for more on this beyond  correspondent patrick folk  is joining us live from beijing uh  patrick first up uh why has kim  jong-un's weight  attracted so much attention according to you well you mentioned that tight grip that  he keeps on power he keeps a very tight grip  on power in north korea indeed and so  any  news related to his possible ill health  does create a certain amount of  uncertainty and you have to remember  that he hasn't appointed any successor  either so if north korea were to find  itself in a position where  he weren't able to lead that could cause  some sort of instability or even up evil  but  we don't know for sure whether or not  his slimmer appearance can be attributed  to ill health or not all we know as as  you mentioned  he disappeared out of public sight for  some time then reappeared  earlier this month and reports noticed  that  as well right that was uh patrick faulk  that was reporting live from beijing i  think  patrick is uh back with us patrick can  you hear me now  right i believe patrick can hear me now  uh patrick next up what i wanted to know  from you was  analysts have pointed out the possible  propaganda value in his appearance  is there any merit in this argument yeah  well look it's an interesting bit of  analysis but the question  really is whether or not this was  intended from the get-go  or is this as a consequence of the slimmer appearance that we're  seeing of him now we did  noticeably uh hear about that report  from that unknown person on state media  saying that  people were saddened to see him or their  hearts were broken  uh seeing him in this emaciated state  and you have to remember also that this  is happening  at a time when north korea is suffering  severe food shortages kim jong-un  himself  has said as much and also observers have  said that they've noticed some  unprecedented price rises in  uh the cost of staples like corn and  rice so it does seem as though  authorities might have jumped on this  opportunity perhaps  uh to try and show uh this symbol of  solidarity if you like with kim  uh suffering the consequences of this uh apparent food shortage  all right patrick we'll leave it at that  that was patrick folk joining us live  from beijing appreciate you  talking to us.

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