Kim Jong Un struggles to get down the stairs in new North Korean propaganda

  • Kim Jong Un has been spotted struggling down a flight of stairs in a new propaganda film.
  • Kim has previously had mobility issues, and the images come amid speculation about her weight loss.
  • Experts are watching Kim’s health closely as it is a key sign of the diet’s health.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can be seen struggling to descend a flight of stairs in a new propaganda film celebrating the country’s achievements over the past year. The release of the film follows significant speculation about the notoriety of the young dictator


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In the 110-minute documentary film titled ‘The Big Year of Victory, 2021’, Kim can be seen holding an umbrella and struggling to descend makeshift stairs at a construction site as other members of her group descend normally. , Reuters reported. The Telegraph published the relevant scene on YouTube.

This isn’t the first time Kim, who is in her mid-30s, has demonstrated apparent mobility issues. In the summer of 2014 he was seen limping on state television, and later that fall emerged from a long absence with a cane, leading to speculation he may have been in bad shape. health.

Some North Korean observers have suggested that Kim, who smokes and drinks heavily and is said to have a rather rich diet, had


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but it is difficult to know for sure.

The propaganda film released on Tuesday shows Kim riding horses and touring various facilities while celebrating North Korea’s achievements during a difficult time, particularly the pandemic and ongoing sanctions in response to its weapons programs.

But the film also makes an unusual nod to Kim’s physical changes, attributing them to concern for the nation.

Kim “showed us his fatherly side as he fiercely braved snow, rain and wind while taking on the destiny of the nation and people as his own children,” says the narrator, adding that “His body withered completely, and he showed his motherly side by suffering greatly and worrying to fulfill the dreams of the people.”

In November 2020, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the country’s spy agency, estimated that the North Korean leader, believed to be about 5ft 7in tall, weighed around 300 pounds, or about 100 pounds in weight. more than when he took control. North Korea about a decade earlier.

But in July 2021, about a month after North Korea watchers noticed Kim looked a little lighter, it was reported that the spy agency had concluded that Kim had lost between 22 and 44 pounds, and the weight loss trend continued, with the change quite visible in the photos.

A collage of two images of Kim Jong Un in 2019 (left) and 2021 (right), both seen from the front.  It looks noticeably slimmer in 2021.

A collage of two images of Kim Jong Un in 2019 (left) and 2021 (right).

Korean Central News Agency/Korean News Service via AP/Insider


North Korean state media even touched on weight loss at one point.

“Seeing the respected Secretary General [Kim Jong Un] looking emaciated breaks the hearts of our people so much,” a Pyongyang resident told a Korean Central Television broadcast. Reuters reported. “Everyone says her tears have flowed.”

Kim’s changes are being watched closely by expert observers around the world as they could be indicators of his health. Succession in the nuclear-armed state is unclear and his health speaks volumes about the health of the regime.

If Kim were to die unexpectedly, some suspect his successor would be his sister Kim Yo-jong, but no one has been named publicly.

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