Rumors Over Kim Jong-un’s Illness Not True, No Sign Of Surgery: Spy Agency

David Maxwell Comment:  “We should never forget that north Korea is the master of denial and deception and it almost always shows us what it wants us to see.  The article does not mention the mark on his wrist that many are interpreting as evidence of a medical procedure.  But it could be a mark placed there to make us think so.  Or it might be a Sharpie Pen mark from when he was practicing to sign his name with a big black sharpie like his pen-pal.  (apologies for the snarky attempt at humor).
 
But on a serious note this except is important to consider.  If Kim’s public appearances are down this year it could be an indication that he is just not up to making as many appearances because of his health.  Also it could have been a result of him wanting to hide after the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani.  But the likely reason is Kim is hiding from COVID 19.  He is deathly afraid of contracting it.”
 
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The spy agency also told lawmakers that Kim has appeared in public 17 times so far this year, marking the fewest compared with other years, according to Rep. Kim Byung-kee of the ruling Democratic Party.

This is also 66 percent less than the average 50 public appearances in the same time during this period of the year, it added.

The spy agency, however, said the fewer appearances are probably due to Kim focusing on domestic affairs and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rumors over Kim Jong-un’s illness not true, no sign of surgery: spy agency | Yonhap News Agency

en.yna.co.kr · by 이민지 · May 6, 2020

SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s spy agency denied rumors about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s illness and ensuing surgery in a parliamentary committee Wednesday.

Kim’s absence from an annual event marking the April 15 birth anniversary of his late grandfather and national founder Kim Il-sung had spawned speculation that he might be seriously ill.

Pyongyang’s media, however, reported Saturday that Kim attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a fertilizer factory. It carried photos of him smiling and talking to officials.

The spy agency also told lawmakers that Kim has appeared in public 17 times so far this year, marking the fewest compared with other years, according to Rep. Kim Byung-kee of the ruling Democratic Party.

This is also 66 percent less than the average 50 public appearances in the same time during this period of the year, it added.

The spy agency, however, said the fewer appearances are probably due to Kim focusing on domestic affairs and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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en.yna.co.kr · by 이민지 · May 6, 2020

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