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North Korean diplomat says Kim not ill: Kyodo
September 10, 2008 / 2:04 AM / 9 years ago

North Korean diplomat says Kim not ill: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - A senior North Korean diplomat on Wednesday denied media reports suggesting North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is ill, calling it a “conspiracy plot”, Kyodo news agency reported.

<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C) visits a military unit at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this recent picture released by KCNA on August 16, 2008. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

“We see such reports as not only worthless, but rather as a conspiracy plot,” the agency reported Song Il-ho, North Korea’s main negotiator in normalization talks with Japan, as saying.

“I believe the aim is to form a public opinion on something that is not true,” Kyodo reported him as saying. “Western media have reported falsehood before.”

Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Rodney Joyce

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