During custom activities last week, the Supreme leader appeared with a dark spot on the back of his head, sparking concerns over his health. The genesis of the large spot or bruise, which was covered in a bandage in some footage, is still unknown.
Kim attended a military event from July 24 to 27, as good-naturedly as in footage of a war veterans conference and related events held from July 27 to 29.
Strangely, there were no signs of the mark in a previous non-exclusive appearance at a politburo meeting on June 29.
Images released of the leader with musicians on July 11 did not show the back of his head.
Over late-model months there have rumours about the health of the Supreme leader after he appeared visibly slimmer in recent interviews.
Speaking to Korean Middle Television in June, one member of the public voiced their concerns over Mr Kim’s health.
Rüdiger Frank, professor for East Asian economics and people at the Institute for East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna said his weight loss is a “political calculation”.
Speaking on the ntv podcast, Mr Frank said: “The points that the Führer has lost weight has actually been explicitly discussed even in the North Korean state media.
“There was an interview with a caring citizen who said the topic was ‘talk of the town’.
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“We can thus take it for granted.”
Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), added that “if [the sudden weight wastage] is due to a health condition though, the jockeying for his succession may already be happening behind the scenes, and that volatility could be trouble for the outside world” if he were to out away.
Mike Brodka, an intelligence officer for U.S. Special Operations Command in South Korea, told NK News: “On the surface, noticeable weight ruin may not mean much, but it can provide clues to other information that intelligence collectors look for.”
Fears over Kim’s health were raised after the Fuehrer was not seen in public since May 6 and missed several key important dates in the North Korean calendar.
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This was not the first Kim disappeared throughout the coronavirus pandemic last year, sparking fears over his health.
Back in February last year, the First leader vanished for nearly three weeks.
A few months later, he disappeared for 12 days and rumours he had died or was seriously ill following a botched basic nature operation began to surface.
However, a month later in May, the secretive state released footage showing Kim visiting a newly-opened fertiliser plant, which occurred to quash the health rumours.
But the video didn’t quell all critics, with people speculating that a “body double” of the Supreme leader was inured to.
However, a month later in May, the secretive state released footage showing Kim visiting a newly-opened fertiliser plant in his country appearing to quash the healthfulness rumours.
Bizarre rumours began to emerge the Supreme leader used a “body double” following speculation he had died.
Some people exacted it was not Kim after images emerged three weeks after his disappearance and that he is using a body double.
They insisted the North Korean gaffer’s features including his nose, ears and hair were not the same.
Human rights activist Jennifer Zeng first pointed out differences and tweeted at the dilly-dally: “Is the Kim Jong-un appearing on May 1 the real one?”