alt
Posted : 2014-10-03 17:28
Updated : 2014-10-03 18:12

NK dictator still in power

By Kang Hyun-kyung

South Korean and U.S. officials believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un Kim is probably being treated for an illness that caused him to limp in public, ruling out a scenario that he has been toppled from power.

"North Korea's state media confirmed that he suffered from discomfort. I think there is no reason to disbelieve it," Ministry of Unification spokesman Lim Byeong-cheol told The Korea Times.

Lim did not speculate on the gravity of Kim's condition, saying the ministry had only limited information.

Multiple diplomatic sources in Washington reportedly said Kim was being treated for a relatively minor ankle problem.

"We understand that Kim is suffering from a disease that resulted in edemas and blisters on the joint," Yonhap News Agency quoted a source as saying. "We were told the disease requires him to get treatment for a long period and that he needs surgery."

Asking for anonymity, a government official said Korea and the U.S. would exchange intelligence and information on the issue.

  • 1. Seoul to develop vast underground city
  • 2. Pilot killed in plane crash at Taean air show
  • 3. 3 Koreans injured in explosion at Korea-Japan joint event in Tokyo
  • 4. N. Korean FM shrugs off UN condemnation, vowing to bolster nuclear armed forces
  • 5. 14th Zika virus infection confirmed in South Korea
  • 6. Enormous potential for power generation from renewable energy
  • 7. N. Korea may conduct 6th nuclear test soon
  • 8. American doctors imported apples to Korea
  • 9. Botswana severs ties with N. Korea over human rights
  • 10. 'Undue dependency on Chinese visitors hurt tourism sector'