Kims recent appearances, a reminder to the West that he is still in chargeNovember 7th, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov.7 (ANI): North Korean leader Kim jong Ils recent spate of appearances is intended to remind the West, specifically America, that he is still in control of the nuclear-armed nation in spite of rumors that he had suffered a stroke in August.
I think this is a message to the United States, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seouls University of North Korean Studies.
The message appears to be that: I make decisions on relations with the United States, the nuclear standoff and everything. Im in control and Im ready to have direct talks with US President-elect Barack Obama
Kims health has been of particular interest following his absence from a celebration marking the nations 60th birthday in September.
North Korea continues to deny that Kim is in ill health. (ANI)
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