South Korean intelligence indicates that ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has suffered a serious setback and has been hospitalized, a newspaper reported Wednesday.The North Korean government is extremely reclusive and wont shed any light on the subject, but they're more than willing to issue not so veiled threats against their Southern neighbor. The North Korean government warned that it would turn South Korea into rubble. The North Koreans are also claiming that L'il Kim has been quite busy the past few months, and I'm sure that Kim's fascination with Hollywood would remind him and his minions that we too have seen the movie Weekend at Bernies.
The report in the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper cited an unnamed government official in saying intelligence obtained Sunday suggested "a serious problem" with Kim's health. The report did not elaborate.
Kim, 66, reportedly suffered a stroke and underwent brain surgery in August. North Korea, however, denies he is ill.
South Korea's National Intelligence Service and its Unification Ministry said Wednesday they were aware of the Dong-a report but could not confirm it.
The report came a day after Japan's prime minister told lawmakers in Tokyo that Kim probably is in the hospital, though "not unable" to make decisions as North Korea's leader.
The chief of the National Intelligence Service had told lawmakers Tuesday that Kim was "not physically perfect" but still able to rule the country.
This is the same North Korean regime that has run a gulag archipelago for political dissidents and those who have been caught trying to flee the country and its ruinous economic policies. Those who pushed the Sunshine Policy miscalculated because the North Korean regime simply did not share the same values that the South did. The North seeks complete and total control over all communications into the country, and punishes those who attempt to learn about the outside world.