October 5, 2008
Seoul Skeptical of Kim Jong Il Appearance
South Korean officials say they are skeptical that ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il actually made a public appearance as reported by Pyongyang.
"We cannot trust North Korean media reports 100 percent, but they could be true," an unnamed South Korean intelligence official told the Yonhap news agency Sunday. "We have been monitoring reports since the announcement, but cannot confirm it."
"It might be true or false," the South Korean official told Yonhap. "Recently there have been many speculations on Kim's health. The (North Korean) report might be intended to demonstrate that Kim is in good health, or wage a kind of psychological warfare against South Korea."