Intelligence analysts imagine North Korean chief Kim Jong-un has misplaced a major quantity of weight after not being seen in public for practically a month, based mostly partly on the watch strap of his gold IWC Portofino.
US-based monitoring web site, NK News, has based its assumption on cautious evaluation of footage of Jong-un taken from North Korean state broadcaster, KCTV.
In addition to a comparability of his gait, taken from public appearances in April and this month, NK Information positioned three close-ups of Jong-un’s wrist side-by-side, in every case exhibiting how a lot of the $12,800 USD watch’s brown alligator leather-based strap had been threaded by way of its two keepers.
NEW: Is Kim Jong Un reducing weight? Observers famous the North Korean chief’s obvious thinner look in state media on Saturday.
— NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) June 8, 2021
The most recent picture revealed considerably extra unused strap than earlier than, suggesting his wrist is significantly smaller now.
Jong-un’s weight has been a topic of a lot curiosity to worldwide observers, as an indicator of his general well being, with NK Information additionally stating that the North Korean chief has been taking “longer and extra frequent breaks from the general public eye” lately, after gaining a major quantity of weight since coming to energy in 2011.
US SOCOM intelligence officer Mike Brodka, instructed NK Information: “On the floor, noticeable weight reduction could not imply a lot, however it may well present clues to different info that intelligence collectors search for.”
“It could be a easy matter of a wholesome life-style change or a extra complicated difficulty. Proper now, we have no idea, nevertheless it raises sufficient severe questions that we should take note of occasions over the following couple of months to seek out out.”
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