Global Politics

Rumors about North Korea's dear leader

After his no-show at yesterday's parade, South Korea's news agency gave some weight to rumors that Kim Jong Il is suffering from poor health. Agents said Kim had a stroke, but that he remains concscious and capable of running North Korea. Unnamed U.S. officials have also said Kim is suffering from health problems. Reliable info coming out of North Korea is difficult to obtain and the U.S. has called North Korea an intelligence black home. Meanwhile, North Korean agents are denying everything. This North Korean diplomat in Japan said Western media are worthless. Kim's health is a concern for the Bush administration which is trying to complete a nuclear disarmament deal with Kim, who gives the last sign off on all such deals.

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