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2008-10-05 15:00:19

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." The official North Korean news agency reported Saturday that Kim watched a college soccer game but...

2008-10-05 09:00:07

North Korea's state news agency reported a public appearance by reclusive leader Kim Jong Il for the first time in nearly two months, an absence that prompted speculation he was seriously ill. Kim watched a university soccer game, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. It did not say anything about his health condition. - The Associated Press his health The 66-year-old leader had not been seen in public since mid- August. U.S. and South Korean officials said last...

2008-09-19 09:00:25

North Korea rolled out its version of the red carpet this week, opening its biennial international film festival and allowing North Koreans to watch otherwise forbidden foreign films. Movies are close to the heart of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, who is a fan of Daffy Duck, Steven Spielberg and Elizabeth Taylor, and who is thought to have a library of about 20,000 films that includes all of the James Bond movies, according to intelligence sources. Kim, who is suspected of having...

2008-09-12 18:00:11

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had brain surgery after a stroke last month and could have partial paralysis on one side, it was reported yesterday. Foreign doctors, possibly from China and France, performed the operation after Mr Kim, 66, collapsed four weeks ago, South Korean newspapers claimed. Mr Kim's condition has improved and he is not suffering from slurred speech, a disability often associated with a stroke, the reports said. If Mr Kim were incapacitated, it could have serious...

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...

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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...

2008-09-10 09:00:05

By Choe Sang-Hun North Korea marked its 60th birthday Tuesday by boasting of its "war-deterrent" nuclear capabilities, as international concerns deepened about its commitment to denuclearize and about the health of its leader, Kim Jong Il. Analysts in the region kept a close eye on whether North Korea would stage a massive military parade, as it has several times over the past decade to celebrate important anniversaries, and whether Kim would attend it. But as of Tuesday evening, the...


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