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Old 10-04-2014, 12:14 AM
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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I think Kim-Jong-pork could probably feed a few hundred starving North Koreans. An even more unstable NK is not a good thing.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:50 AM
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Jung Un is still quite young. He's only 31 right now, so whatever his health problems are probably aren't threatening his life yet, unless he has come down with cancer or something as serious.

According to what little info there is, he suffers from gout and may have broken both ankles from his weight and his propensity for wearing high heeled shoes to make him look taller. Gout does weaken joints, so he is probably doing the equivalent of a fat farm right now to peel off about 75-85 extra pounds.

For sure, none of us will ever know what his true physical condition is. North Korea will say nothing at all, period. The only thing we will eventually know is if he's dead or still living.

I'm not too worried about N. Korea instability. The Generals who put Jong Un into power were powerful enough to turn back his uncle's palace coup, and got the old guy executed for his troubles. You can be sure a half-dozen military leaders were executed at the same time.

Those Generals are pretty well situated and experienced now; they took care of biz while Un's daddy Jong Il tottered around for 9 years before he finally died, and were able to haul him back from Switzerland soon enough to groom him for the job, and make it look like he'd been preparing for years.
By 2012 accounts, Jong Un had lived in Switzerland with his mother and older brother since 1991. He was only 8 when his mother moved there, so he lived most of his life there until his father died 5 to 7 years after Jong Un was returned to N. Korea around 2001.

His older brother was supposed to become the Supreme Leader, but fell out of favor when he was caught trying to sneak out of the country to go to Japan in 2001. He wanted to visit the Japanese Disneyland.
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