A report in South Korean media is fueling the ongoing speculation about the deteriorating health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. YTN News, citing unidentified intelligence sources in South Korea and China, reported Monday that the 67-year-old leader has pancreatic cancer. South Korea’s Unification Ministry flatly denied the report, which comes a week after a frail-looking Kim appeared in public for the first time in months.
North Korea’s reclusive leader appeared in public Wednesday for the first time in months to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his father’s death. Kim Jong Il, 67, seemed frail and gaunt as he walked into the service flanked by senior party and military officials.
North Korea is demonstrating an unwillingness to resume negotiations on its nuclear activities, the British ambassador to the country said Friday.