North Korean media reports public appearance by Kim

November 16th, 2008 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Nov 16 (RIA Novosti) Amid widespread speculation over the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, state-controlled media of the communist state Sunday reported the public appearance of the leader.Sunday’s report that Kim, 66, attended a military art performance was the latest to quell rumours that he has been incapacitated following a stroke he suffered in August.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim “warmly waved back to the cheering performers and congratulated them on their successful presentation.”

The agency did not say when or where the performance took place.

South Korea has not yet commented on the report.

Kim Jong-il has ruled North Korea since 1994, when he succeeded his late father Kim Il-sung, the communist state’s founder.

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