September 09, 2008

Speculation about Kim Jong-il's Health High as he Misses 60th Anniversary of North Korea

Kim Jong-il reportedly failed to show up for North Korea's 60th anniversary military parade. A US intelligence officer speculates that Kim Jong had a stroke in the past two weeks. Some are even speculating that the leader of North Korea is dead.

A couple of weeks ago I read an article stating that Kim Jong-il has been dead for since 2003 and has been replaced by a double. I was saving the article for a slow news day but I figure this is a good time to post it.

From Japan Today

Shigemura cites as sources (without naming them) several people close to Kimís family. He hears from them that Kimís diabetes took a turn for the worse early in 2000. From then until his supposed death three and a half years later he was confined to a wheelchair.[...]

Kimís family, meanwhile, was in a state of upheaval. His wife diedóof breast cancer, said official reports; assassinated, according to persistent rumors. His favorite sister, a high-ranking Communist Party official, suddenly moved to Paris. Her husband lost his post. Clearly something was afoot.

In the spring of 2006, says Shigemura, American spy satellites succeeded in photographing Kim. An analysis of the photographs led to an astonishing conclusion: Kim had grown 2.5 cm!

Cross-post at ROA

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