North Korea (DPRK)

    A senior North Korean diplomat has dismissed rumors in the Western press that the country’s leader Kim Jong-il is sick as speculation and conspiracy. On Sept. 9, he failed to appear at the military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the creation of North Korea. United States intelligence service sources say he has suffered a stroke. Kim Jong-il has a history of diabetes and heart problems, but North Korea makes every effort to play down his ill-health. (Radio Netherlands)

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