North Korea's number two on Wednesday denied reports that leader Kim Jong-Il was ill, Japan's Kyodo News reported.He doesn't just whistling the Dixie!
"There are no problems," Kim Yong-Nam told Kyodo in Pyongyang.
He confirmed that Kim Jong-Il, 66, did not show up at a major parade Tuesday marking North Korea's 60th anniversary.
"While we wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the country with General Secretary Kim Jong-Il, we celebrated on our own," Kim Yong-Nam was quoted as saying.
An American intelligence official said Tuesday that Kim had apparently suffered a "health setback," possibly a stroke.
"We see such reports as not only worthless, but rather as a conspiracy plot," Song Il-Ho, North Korea's Ambassador handling relations with Japan, told Kyodo News separately.
"I believe the aim is to form a public opinion on something that is not true," Song was quoted as saying.
"Western media have reported falsehood before."
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
IRIB: Dear Leader ill-health rumors "conspiracy plot"
This is a big story in Iran, which gets its Songun missile technology from North Korea. So why didn't Kim show up at the parade? He was only giving invaluable Juche field-guidance to the doctors!