N. Korea reportedly ready to resume disarmament talks
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING — North Korea's 68-year-old dictator Kim Jong Il appeared shriveled and worn during this week's scaled-down visit to China, signs that his health has deteriorated. South Korean experts also report Kim, known as heavy drinker, is undergoing kidney dialysis every two weeks.Analysts pronounced the visit a success, with state media reporting that Kim had pledged to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks that North Korea abandoned in December 2008.He also appeared to have obtained much-needed economic assistance from China, as well as to seek approval for his succession plans. Kim is said to be grooming a son, Kim Jong Un, to succeed him.
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