N. Korea's Kim Jong Il denies he has health problems

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October 4, 2007 11:32

 
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North Korea's Kim Jong Il denied Thursday that he has any problems with his health, dismissing media reports that have claimed the reclusive leader was suffering from a range of ailments. "South Korean media reported that I have diabetes and even heart disease, but the fact is that is not the case at all," Kim said during a farewell luncheon at the end of a three-day summit with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. A team of German doctors visited the North earlier this year, prompting speculation they had performed unspecified heart surgery on Kim - which they denied. South Korea's spy agency says Kim has chronic heart disease and diabetes but that they are not serious enough to affect his public activity.

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