South Korean television again reports that the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is seriously ill
China and South Korea are holding consultations in Seoul on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. According to the British BBC TV and Radio Corporation, from the Chinese side, China’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Dawei, who visited Russia, the USA and Japan the day before, took part in the six-party talks along with North and South Korea and China.
Meanwhile, South Korean television once again reports that the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is seriously ill - according to the YTN television channel, who refers to representatives of South Korean and American intelligence services, as well as medical sources from China, he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he left to live no more than five years. According to the channel, Kim Jong Il was diagnosed at the time he was treated for a stroke that happened to him last August.
Meanwhile, neither the South Korean National Intelligence Service, nor the Ministry of Unification Affairs confirm these reports, which appeared three days after the Japanese television company TBS was the first to report problems with the pancreas in Kim Jong Il.
Last week, Kim Jong Il reappeared on television. He was shown on the day of his father’s memory, Kim Il Sung - the leader of North Korea took part in memorable events and addressed the people. The North Korean leader looked considerably thinner and even had a slight limp. That was the reason for new talk about the deterioration of his health. At the same time, some experts on North Korea, in particular, the executive director of the Center for Peace between the United States and North Korea, Kim Myung-chol, say that Kim Jong Il is not as bad as they say. “If the authorities were not confident in his health, they would not have released his images,” he noted.
Recall that the six-party talks were interrupted by the DPRK, which, contrary to the agreements reached during the negotiations of the six and its commitments, resumed its nuclear programs.