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2008-09-11 12:00:05

Around the globe, speculation is rife about the fate of nuclear-armed North Korea. Intelligence officials in the U.S. and South Korea are openly discussing the possibility that longtime Stalinist leader Kim Jong Il, 66, is sick and may not remain in power for long. Some even raise the prospect of an outright collapse of North Korea's communist regime or a messy power struggle in this reclusive country locked in the world's last cold-war confrontation. Informed North Korea experts in Seoul...

2008-09-11 09:00:04

By HYUNG-JIN KIM By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea North Korea's Kim Jong Il is on the road to recovery from a stroke and still in control of his isolated country's communist government , South Korea suggested Wednesday, disputing reports that the leader is gravely ill. President Lee Myung-bak convened a meeting of top security ministers, who were briefed on intelligence that indicates Kim was recovering, said Lee Dong-kwan, the president's chief spokesman....

2008-09-11 09:00:02

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) - No power vacuum has been detected in North Korea amid speculations that Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] may have had a stroke last month, a diplomatic source said Thursday. The diplomatic source, who declined to be identified, said there seem to have been no disruptions to key decision-making processes in the communist country, pointing to the nuclear situation as evidence. "North Korea threatened to...

2008-09-11 06:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) - Seoul does not plan to raise the level of defence readiness since it has not detected any unusual activity by the North Korean military related to reports of their leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]'s recent illness, the top defence official here was quoted as saying on Thursday. South Korean intelligence officials concluded that Kim suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage last month and was operated on by...

2008-09-11 03:00:10

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) - North Korean diplomats here on Wednesday described as nonsense media speculation over their leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]'s health problems. South Korean intelligence officials said Kim had suffered either a stroke or cerebral haemorrhage but is recovering. Kim has not been seen in public since Aug. 14 when he reportedly inspected a military unit in North Korea. His absence from a crucial...

2008-09-11 00:00:11

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Intelligence officials are watching signs that North Korea's unpredictable dictator Kim Jong Il might be gravely ill.South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited an unidentified South Korean government official as saying today that Kim appeared to have suffered a collapse, a term in Korean normally used to indicate a grave illness such as a stroke. However, the official said Kim is definitely still alive.Incapacity of the man North Koreans call the "Dear...

2008-09-10 21:00:09

By - The Associated Press WASHINGTON - North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il may be gravely ill, perhaps the victim of a stroke, U.S. and other Western officials said Tuesday after he failed to appear for a major parade. If so, it could jeopardize the already troubled international effort to get his nation to abandon nuclear weapons. South Korea's Yonhap news agency late Tuesday cited an unidentified government official as saying Kim was alive but ill. The official said Kim appeared to have...

2008-09-10 12:00:05

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Il is alive but seriously ill, a news report said today, amid mounting speculation over the leader's health after he missed a key national ceremony. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited an unidentified South Korean government official as saying Mr Kim appeared to have "collapsed", a Korean term which is used when a person becomes suddenly ill due to causes including a stroke. The official stressed Mr Kim has not died, Yonhap said. The report gave no further...

2008-09-10 09:00:28

At 1255 gmt [ 1255 local] on 9 September, the 60th founding anniversary of the DPRK, Pyongyang Korean Central Television (KCTV) via Satellite in Korean carried ad hoc a 50-minute recorded relay of a "torchlight soiree" of youths and students held under the title of "Military-First Fatherland" at Kim Il Sung [Kim Il-so'ng] Square to celebrate the national anniversary, almost immediately following another recorded relay of a Worker-Peasant Red Guards parade. The programme did not mention...

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2008-09-10 09:05:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, rumoured to be seriously ill, is "in a recoverable and manageable state," South Korea's state intelligence agency said in a parliamentary report on Wednesday. Kim has suffered a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke, the National Intelligence Service reported to the parliamentary intelligence committee, according to the office of Won Hye Young, an intelligence committee member and a lawmaker from the opposition Democratic Party. The intelligence agency also reported...