North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, who suffers from genetically inherited disorders like gout and obesity is noticeably absent from official functions for over two weeks sparking rumours that he is seriously ill, which as been acknowledged by official media as mere discomfort, not elaborating further.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s absence on Thursday from the Supreme People’s Assembly high-level meeting that was broadcast on state television, raised apprehensions that he is seriously unwell. Jon Un took over the reigns of power after the sudden death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011.
North Korean state media, which usually remains silent on such issues for the first time acknowledged that the 31-year-old leader was experiencing “discomfort”, which would have meant that he was hospitalized. “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,” said the TV host on Thursday.
Kim, who was last seen on Sept. 3 with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, at a concert and photographed and he his prior appearance on television in July showed slightly limping when he was shown in a documentary at the Supreme People’s Assembly — all pointing at his deteriorating health.
The Daily Mirror speculated he was ill after eating too much of imported cheese, while expert Michael Madden of the North East suggested his hereditary obesity that could have led to recurrent ailments. “Based on his gait, it appears he has gout — something diet and genetic predisposition that has affected other members of the Kim family,” Madden told Reuters.
Experts at NK News that covers North Korea exclusively, however, brushed aside the rumours saying his illness was brief and nothing more should be read into it. Even in 2012 he had disappeared for weeks, it said.
Otherwise, the 2nd Session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly session on Thursday was held without Kim Jong Un with deputies, officials of the sole, ruling party, armed forces and key ministries, public organizations, ministries, national institutions and the fields of science, education, literature and art, public health and media in attendance as observers and observing a moment of silence in memory of current president’s grandfather late President Kim Il Sung and his father late Kim Jong Il.