Amid rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in ill health and no longer controls his government, the 31-year-old, whose whereabouts have not been documented for over a month, reportedly injured his leg while observing military activities and is still in control of his government.
A source close to the North’s government told Reuters that Kim decided to participate in military drills with his generals and “pulled a tendon” while they were apparently”crawling and running and rolling around.”
“He injured his ankle and knee around late August or early September while drilling because he is overweight. He limped around in the beginning but the injury worsened,” the source told Reuters. In addition, Kim needs 100 days to recover.
The North Korean leader’s last sighting was back on September 3 when he attended a concert with his wife. After North Korea unexpectedly sent a delegation to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in South Korea last weekend, some speculated Kim Jong Un had lost control of his government in a power struggle. Observers have noted that Kim has gained a significant amount of weight since he took power in 2011 after the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong Il.
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