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Kim Jong Un Was ‘Seriously Ill’ in North Korea Covid Surge

  • Kim’s sister resumes pressure campaign against South Korea
  • North Korea leader claims ‘victory’ in bid to eradicate virus
Kim Jong Un shakes hands with a health official in Pyongyang on Aug. 10.
Kim Jong Un shakes hands with a health official in Pyongyang on Aug. 10.Source: Korean Central News Agency/AP Photos
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Kim Jong Un’s sister revealed the North Korean leader suffered from a “high fever” during a recent Covid outbreak, as she vowed to “eradicate” South Korean authorities if they continued to tolerate propaganda leaflets the regime blames for spreading the virus.

Repeating dubious claims that the pamphlets caused the recent Covid outbreak in the north, Kim Yo Jong blamed “South Korean puppets” for sending “dirty objects” across the border in leaflets carried by balloons, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday. The revelation of her brother’s illness marked an unusual admission for a regime that rarely comments on the leader’s health -- and then only to show that he shares the struggles of the people.