North Korea’s leader Kim has spasms since stroke: Report

September 12th, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, Sep 12 (DPA) North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has reportedly recovered from a stroke and is able to brush his own teeth but is suffering from sporadic spasms, South Korean media reported.”We have obtained information that Kim can brush his teeth without help from others,” a Seoul official told Yonhap news agency on condition of anonymity.

Kim is suffering irregular convulsions and Chinese authorities believe his long-term ability to govern will be impeded, Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing diplomatic sources in Beijing.

The mass speculation surrounding Kim’s health was triggered by his failure to appear at North Korea’s 60th founding anniversary military parade in Pyongyang Tuesday. The sporadic spasms are what likely forced him to skip the celebrations.

South Korea’s intelligence service reported to parliament Wednesday that Western and Chinese doctors flew into the communist nation in August to treat Kim, who likely suffered a stroke and had brain surgery.

Kim, who reportedly used to smoke and drink heavily, has had heart problems and suffers from diabetes. He has not been seen in public since August. His health is a closely guarded secretly in the communist state.

North Korean officials earlier Wednesday denied reports about Kim’s illness, calling them “a conspiracy plot,” Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

Kyodo quoted Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s number two official, as saying there was “no problem” with Kim Jong Il.

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