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Son of Kim Jong-Il lines up Paris brain surgeon: report

Son of Kim Jong-Il lines up Paris brain surgeon: report

The eldest son of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il is believed to have visited a Paris brain surgeon who apparently flew to Pyongyang to treat his father, Japanese television reported yesterday.
Speculation about Kim's health has swirled since he failed to appear at a key anniversary parade in early September, and U.S. and South Korean officials say the 66-year-old recluse is believed to have suffered a stroke.Japan's Fuji Television showed footage from Paris of a man it identified as Kim Jong-Nam, the eldest son of the North Korean leader.
"He is believed to have met with a French brain surgeon, who later departed from Paris for Pyongyang under North Korean escort," the network said.
Kim spent two hours in the hospital last week where he is believed to have visited its neurosurgery department, it added. As he left the hospital, the man did not reply to questions about Kim Jong-Il's health, only getting into his car with a slight smile and waving. The network said a French brain surgeon then appeared at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport two days later and said in French he was going to Beijing.
It said the doctor did not deny he was going to Pyongyang and was taken to the airport in a car owned by the North Korean mission to Paris-based UNESCO. North Korea has denied that Kim Jong-Il has health problems, and last week denounced Japanese newspapers for reporting that North Korea was on the brink of a major announcement.


Updated : 2021-07-26 07:37 GMT+08:00