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SKorea: North Korea leader's health has improved

SKorea: North Korea leader's health has improved

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il appears to have recovered enough from a stroke to run the country without difficulty, South Korea's spy chief told lawmakers Tuesday.
Kim is "not physically perfect" but has no trouble carrying out his duties, South Korea's spy chief, Kim Sung-ho, told legislators, according to opposition lawmaker Park Young-sun of the Democratic Party.
The National Intelligence Service chief also said the agency believes Kim's eldest son, Kim Jong Nam, recently traveled to France. The spy chief gave no further details, Park's office said.
South Korean and U.S. officials say North Korea's autocratic 66-year-old leader suffered a stroke, reportedly in mid-August.
North Korea denies he is ill, but the leader was out of public sight for two months and missed several important anniversary celebrations, sparking speculation about his health.
Japan's Fuji Television reported Monday that the son met last week in Paris with a neurosurgeon who later left for North Korea. The account could not be verified.
Earlier this month, the North released pictures of Kim inspecting a military unit. But questions about his health have persisted because the undated photos were not thought to have been recent.


Updated : 2021-05-18 15:26 GMT+08:00