Friday, June 15, 2007
Pyongyang watchers agree that Kim Jong-Il The Chairman of the Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and defacto dictator, is having health trouble. Due to the secrecy of the North Korean regime only small bits of information are available. Kim is reported to have difficulty walking unassisted and is reported to be frail. Due to these symptoms, Kim's obvious obesity, and the fact that a team of German cardiologists has been dispatched to Pyongyang; It is believed Kim is suffering from congestive heart failure. Kim's father Kim Il-Sung died of heart failure in 1994.
== Sources ==
ChosunIlbo. "NIS Investigating Reports of Ailing Kim Jong-il" — Chosun Ilbo, Jun 12, 2007
Sohn suk-joo. "Speculation arises again over N. Korean leader's health" — Yonhap News Agency, Jun 11, 2007
Michael Hill. "Kim Jong-Il's Diabetes, Heart Problems Worsen" — Gold Sea, May 27, 2007