September 10, 2008

South Korean Lawmaker Cites Intelligence Agency: Kim Jong-Il Recovering

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il], who has not been seen in public since late last month, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage but is recovering, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, spurning widespread speculation that the communist leader may be seriously ill.

"During a parliamentary session, the intelligence agency reported that Kim's condition is such that he can recover," Won Hye-young, the floor leader of South Korea's main opposition party, told reporters.

Kim did not appear at a parade on Tuesday commemorating the communist state's 60th founding anniversary, escalating speculation that he may be in serious condition. The last report of his public appearance in North Korea's state media was Aug. 14.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0840 10 Sep 08.

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