North Korean Leader Alive but Ill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A South Korean news report says North
Korean leader Kim Jong Il is alive but ill.

The Yonhap news agency cites an unidentified South Korean government official Wednesday as saying Kim appears to have suffered a collapse, a term in Korean that's normally used to indicate a grave illness such as a stroke. However, the official says Kim is definitely still alive.

Kim did not appear at a parade Tuesday commemorating North Korea's founding 60 years ago, intensifying speculation that he may be
seriously ill.

Western intelligence officials say Kim's failure to appear at the key national event may indicate that he is seriously ill and may have suffered a stroke.


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