Heartbroken North Koreans have been worrying tearfully about leader Kim Jong-un’s “emaciated looks,” state media quoted a local resident as saying.
The comments were seen as an effort to boost support for Mr. Kim as he grapples with deepening economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic sanctions and natural disasters, some experts said.
In recent state media photos, Mr. Kim has appeared to have lost a considerable amount of weight.
Some North Korea watchers said Mr. Kim, who is about 170 cm tall, may have lost 10-20 kg.
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