A South Korean TV station is reporting that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has pancreatic cancer, based on information from Chinese and South Korean intelligence. Whether or not Kim actually suffers from that especially deadly disease, he did appear ill during a rare public appearance last week and is rumored to have appointed his youngest son as his successor.
Today’s report came a week after Kim attended an annual memorial for his late father, North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung. The appearance was only his second at a state event since his reported stroke last year.
While he looked thin and limped slightly, analysts said his attendance sent out the message that he was still in charge.