North Korea admits leader’s poor health

Cordon Press

SECRETIVE communist state North Korea has admitted that their supreme leader is currently suffering a period of ill-health.

Kim Jong-un, aged 31, has not been seen in public since appearing at a music concert with his wife on September 3, prompting rumours that he is ill.

The leader’s extended period of absence from public view has finally been recognised by a state media documentary broadcast on Thursday September 25, which has said that Kim is experiencing some ‘discomfort.’

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This is the first official recognition that the young dictator may be feeling under the weather.

Speaking to The Guardian, Michael Madden, an expert on North Korea, said: “Based on his gait, it appears he has gout: something [due to] diet and genetic predisposition that has affected other members of the Kim family.”

Frequently in the public eye, Kim Jong-un often takes centre-stage in state propaganda videos. Many have noticed that he has been walking with a limp since July.

In a state media broadcast on Thursday, a narrator said of Kim: “The wealth and prosperity of our socialism is thanks to the painstaking efforts of our marshal, who keeps lighting the path for the people, like the flicker of a flame, despite suffering discomfort.”

With his father dying from a heart attack in 2011, and Kim Jong-un seen to have gained a lot of weight since his installation as leader, there is speculation that weight-related health problems may run in the family.

Gout, the disease which Kim Jong-un may be suffering from, is a specific form of arthritis that affects more men than woman.

Historically it has been related to weight gain through good eating and drinking and has often been referred to as a royal disease. England’s King Henry VIII was perhaps the world’s most famous sufferer of gout.


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