Kim Jong-un, half a month missing and amidst rumors of his death


It is now Sunday, half a month since the last public appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, amidst contradictory versions about his health status and while nothing unusual has been noticed in Pionyang, according to South Korean sources.

Kim, who is believed to be 36 years old, obese, a heavy smoker and with old health problems, according to various sources, is being the subject of numerous news stories and multiple rumors that have even left him for dead, with little certainty about his true state of health.


The last public appearance of the North Korean dictator was on April 11, when he presided over a meeting of the Workers’ Party political bureau, which was reported in the North Korean propaganda the next day.

The question of his health status is fuelled by suspicions that he may have recently undergone surgery, with subsequent health complications, amidst the information darkness that prevails in the northern country.


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