[NY DAILY NEWS] North Korea admits to Kim Jong-un’s illness for the first time

September 26, 2014
This Rodong Sinmun photo released on June 30, 2014, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking to military officials during a tactical rocket firing drill of the North's Strategic Force at an unidentified place.   (Yonhap)

Smoking and his love for Emmental, or Swiss cheese, among other things are being associated with Kim Jong-un’s health problems. (Korea Times file)

[NY DAILY NEWS] Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from “discomfort”, state media has said in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

Kim, 31, who is frequently the centrepiece of the isolated country’s propaganda, has not been photographed by state media since appearing at a concert alongside his wife on Sept. 3, fuelling speculation he is suffering from bad health.

He had been seen walking with a limp since an event with key officials in July and in a pre-recorded documentary broadcast by state media on Thursday appeared to have difficulty walking. [READ]