Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

By AP, JPOST STAFF
July 8, 2009 11:16

 
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A thin-looking Kim Jong Il made a rare public appearance Wednesday as North Korea paid solemn respects to his father, the country's late founder, on the 15th anniversary of his death. The memorial was the second major state event that the 67-year-old Kim has attended in person since reportedly suffering a stroke last summer. In early April, he presided over a parliamentary meeting where he was re-elected as leader. Footage from broadcaster APTN showed Kim dressed in a khaki suit, looking more gaunt and with less hair than in April. As in April, he limped slightly while walking into the packed Pyongyang auditorium in what is believed to be an effect from the stroke. Kim has drawn fire from the United States and other nations recently over North Korea's refusal to dismantle its nuclear program, and at its continued test firing of missiles despite international objections and condemnations.

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