North Koreans to get stroke tips12th September 2008
Amid rampant speculation that their country's reclusive leader may have suffered a stroke, North Korean television viewers will soon be able to glean new tips on how to cut the risk of stroke.
State-run KRT TV has said it will air a special segment on "the diagnosis and current trends in stroke" 23 September. An announcer said the lecture by a Red Cross hospital neurologist would occur at the Grand People's Study House in central Pyongyang, the capital, but she made no reference to leader Kim Jong Il.
Kim, 66 and known in nuclear-armed, tightly closed North Korea as the "Dear Leader," is believed to be recovering from a stroke he suffered last month, according to media reports citing intelligence experts.
Speculation about his health was further fuelled by his failure to appear at a parade celebrating the country's 60th birthday.
His next possible appearance could be 10 October, the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
In Tokyo, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported that Kim began losing consciousness at work in April and couldn’t govern as his health worsened.
The newspaper cited an unnamed Chinese official with close ties to North Korea as saying Kim's unspecified condition impaired his judgment, and his decisions related to international denuclearisation talks became less flexible.
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