December 07, 2023

Kim Jong Un looks thinner, and intelligence agencies are likely paying attention

The apparent weight loss comes after rumors of ill-health in recent years

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reappeared in state media last Saturday after not being seen in public for almost a month, and seasoned North Korea watchers were quick to point out that the DPRK leader may have lost a significant amount of weight.

Though often the subject of less serious online commentary, Kim’s weight and health are closely watched by foreign intelligence agencies, including South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS).