North Korea's Kim makes latest public appearances

December 17, 2008 04:21

North Korea's Kim Jong Il has paid visits to a library and a medicine factory, state media said, the latest in a series of official reports portraying Kim as healthy and active amid speculation he suffered a stroke in August. Kim, wearing a brown fur hat and large dark sunglasses, was shown looking on at people using computers during the library visit and was also said to have toured a computer software development center, according to the dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency Tuesday night. KCNA did not say when the visits to the facilities in the northern province of Jagang took place. South Korean and US officials say Kim suffered a stroke in August and underwent surgery. His failure to appear at a September military parade celebrating North Korea's 60th anniversary had sparked speculation about his health. North Korea has denied the 66-year-old leader was ever ill.

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