Bandage on back of Kim Jong Un’s head fuels rumours about North Korean dictator’s health


Recent pictures showing a bandage on the back of Kim Jong Un’s head have fuelled fresh speculations about the North Korean dictator’s health. Here’s what we know so far.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on July 27, 2021

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on July 27, 2021 | Photo Credits: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reports have hinted that Kim Jong Un is a chain smoker
  • The recent pictures were taken at a military meeting held in Pyongyang in July
  • Kim Jong Un (37) took over the reins following his father’s demise after a heart attack in 2011

An oblong bandage on the back of his head has fuelled fresh rumours about the health of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This comes at a time when North Korea is dealing with unprecedented food shortages in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The health of Kim Jong Un (37) has been a topic of global fascination ever since he took over the reins following his father’s demise in 2011. Reports over the years have hinted that Kim Jong Un is a chain smoker.

According to a report by NK News, Kim Jong Un was seen spotting an oblong bandage the size of a few postage stamps on the right side of the back of his head during a military meeting held between July 24 and July 27.

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Pictures of the North Korean dictator taken between July 27 and July 29 show a dark greenish spot where there was a bandage earlier on the back of his head. A few pictures clicked after July 29 show neither the bandage nor any scars.

It is widely acknowledged that Kim Jong Un’s health is one of the most closely guarded secrets in North Korea. In fact, North Korean agencies have been known to engage in counter-intellegence to quell rumours about the 37-year-old’s health.

In June of this year, state-run media cited a North Korean citizen as claiming that locals broke down in tears after seeing their leader Kim Jong Un, had suffered dramatic weight loss. This was after Kim Jong Un’s initial public appearances after a nearly month-long absence from the public eye.

Kim Jong Un at Politburo meeting in Pyongyang on June 29, 2021 | Photo Credits: AP

Pictures of marks on Kim Jong Un’s wrists last year had also triggered speculation that he might have had a medical procedure.

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However, neither the North Korean government nor the state-run media have addressed the recent rumours surrounding Kim Jong Un’s health.

Pyongyang has been demanding permission to export minerals and import refined oil and other essential items as a condition to resume dialogue with the US, reported Yonhap news agency.

Just recently, North Korea also issued a warning against joint military drills by the US and South Korea with Kim Jong Un’s sister saying that the actions could jeopardize talks with Seoul.

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