Kims recent appearances, a reminder to the West that he is still in charge

November 7th, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI  

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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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