World Kim Jong Un's health problems unlikely, analysts say
Kanye West UNFOLLOWS Kim and the Kardashian sisters on Twitter
The musician, 44, no longer follows Kim, 40, Kourtney, 42 or Khloé, 36, after the family all wished him a happy birthday on social media earlier this week. Kanye hasn't posted an update to his Twitter since November, but eagle-eyed fans noticed his following count had dipped after the unfollowing spree including his wife, who filed for divorce from the rapper four months ago. © Provided by Daily Mail ( After discovering he had unfollowed Kim, Khloé and other Kardashians, one user wrote: 'Kanye unfollowed all the Kardashians on twitter lol… album is gonna be a masterpiece.
Images ofleader appearing thinner led some online speculators to believe his health could be in jeopardy, though a South Korean analyst recently downplayed such theories.
agencies have been closely following signs of health-related complications surrounding the North Korean leader largely due to the implications and possible regime change that would occur should Kim fall too ill to remain leader of the country.
However, Kim'sis more likely a sign that his health is improving than a signal of a serious illness, to Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification.
Kim Jong Un declared K-Pop a 'vicious cancer' that threatens North Korean culture
North Korea has pushed back on cultural influence from its southern neighbor and beyond.The New York Times reported that Kim made the comments as part of a broader campaign against the catchy music genre that originated in South Korea.
"If he was experiencing health problems, he wouldn't have come out in public to convene the plenary meeting of the Workers' Party's Central Committee," which is a major political conference slated for this week, Hong said.
Kim, who is believed to be in his mid-30s, is known for being a heavy drinker and smoker, with a family history ofand related illnesses. His father and grandfather both died of heart-related issues, and some experts have said the present North Korean leader's weight could increase his chances of cardiovascular complications.
What a difference 5 weeks makes! North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had not been seen in public for about a month. He’s now reappeared looking considerably thinner. Kim’s weight matters to spy agencies. Kim’s health affects regional security. His father & grandfather died of heart attacks
North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, days after the United States and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. Kim issued the order Thursday during an ongoing ruling party meeting in Pyongyang and while making clear how the North should respond to the direction of U.S. policy under President Joe Biden, the Korean Central News Agency said.— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN)
"It may be a simple matter of a healthy lifestyle change or a more complex issue,"Mike Brodka, an intelligence officer for U.S. Special Operations Command in South Korea.
"Right now, we do not know, but it raises enough serious questions that we must pay attention to events over the next couple of months to find out," Brodka added.
Due to the globalcutting access to supply chains from China necessary for stability, Kim recently spoke about a the country is experiencing, which could be a contributing factor to his apparent weight loss.
Global speculation over Kim's health also garnered attention last year after heof the birthday of his late grandfather, among other extended periods of time when the leader went missing from the public eye.
North Korea to keep doors open for dialogue with Biden
Kim Jong Un said he's ready for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the U.S. But despite the implied warning, analysts in Seoul say this is a sign that Kim is leaving doors open for talks with the U.S., given the deepening economic difficulties and food shortages in North Korea.
Some have questioned whether his younger sister,was next in line to inherit the leadership position of her brother, while others speculated whether the regime would transition to a collective leadership among the brother and sister.
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Kim Jong Un's sister says US faces 'greater disappointment' if it wants to resume talks with North Korea .
Kim Yo Jong dismissed restarting talks with the US, saying it was taking her brother's comments "the wrong way."Kim Yo Jong, a powerful member of the North Korean ruling party, said in a statement on Tuesday that the US expectation of reigniting dialogue with Pyongyang "would plunge them into greater disappointment," reported Reuters.