Shocking New Images of Kim Jong Un

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Kim presided over an overnight military display of military force in Pyongyang early Thursday local time, as part of celebrations of the 73rd anniversary of the country’s founding.Kim Jong-un, Choe Ryong-hae posing for the camera: Kim Jong Un during a military parade early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP © Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Kim Jong Un during a military parade early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

In several pictures released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, Kim seemed markedly slimmer than on earlier dates, with his suit appearing to fit him loosely.

Kim Jong-un et al. wearing military uniforms: Kim Jong Un during a military parade early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP © Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Kim Jong Un during a military parade early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

With little independent information coming from the secretive country, its leader’s weight has long been a source of speculation and potential insight into his health – and that of his regime, as Insider’s Ryan Pickrell reported.

According to South Korea’s national spy agency the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Kim weighed 300 pounds as of November 2020, which would make him severely obese.Kim Jong-un wearing a suit and tie: Kim in Pyongyang, March 2019. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Associated Press © Associated Press Kim in Pyongyang, March 2019. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Associated Press

But over time – and notably in the last year – North Korea-watchers have noted a seemingly shrinking waistline. By July 2021, NIS said he had likely lost between 22 and 44 pounds.Dennis Marsh et al. posing for the camera: Kim on July 27, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP © Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Kim on July 27, 2021. Image provided by state news agency and cannot be independently verified. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

At Thursday morning’s parade, Kim again looked trimmer, as North Korea researcher Martyn Williams pointed out:

-Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) September 9, 2021

Among the theories for the apparent weight loss has been speculation about Kim’s health. During two July military events, the leader was photographed with what appeared to be a strange greenish mark and a band-aid on the back of his head.a group of people sitting at a table: A July 30 report on Korea Central Television shows Kim Jong Un with the band aid on the back of his head. KCTV/Insider © KCTV/Insider A July 30 report on Korea Central Television shows Kim Jong Un with the band aid on the back of his head. KCTV/Insider

In April last year, the leader was subject to rumors of another health scare after disappearing from public view for two weeks.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has not admitted having any cases and declares itself coronavirus-free.

That claim was shaken, however, by a July 2020 reshuffle of his senior leadership. It had been prompted, Kim said, by a “grave crisis” relating to the pandemic. He did not offer further detail.

Original Article: Photos from North Korea suggest Kim Jong Un’s weight loss had continued in the wake of rumored health scares (msn.com)

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