The de-facto head of the North Korean government, Kim Jong Un, has lost weight during the past year, but is still in relatively good health, a South Korean spy agency has reported.
The report from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, or NIS, was given to the lawmakers from the Democratic Party in its briefing today, according to Reuters. The agency said Mr. Kim weighs between 140 and 150 pounds, and said his weight has fluctuated between 122 and 137 pounds since he came to power. The agency said he also suffers from leg pain and high blood pressure.
The NIS also said that his style of dress has changed over the last year, with Mr. Kim favoring stonewashed jeans and light colored shirts, a change that South Korean officials believe is based on a fashion sense that he may have picked up from the rest of the elite in the government. He has also begun wearing a satin tie at formal state occasions, after rarely doing so in the past.
According to reports from American and South Korean officials, North Korea’s leadership is carefully watching North Korea-China relations. The intelligence agencies in the two nations have closely monitored the regime in Pyongyang to try to get an idea of whether or not Kim is planning a coup. One source told Reuters in January that North Korea “likes to play chess” with the rest of the country by carefully monitoring the behavior of its rivals.
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