September 9, 2008 / 11:09 AM / 11 years ago

North Korea's Kim unseen at anniversary parade: report

High-level North Korean officials take part in a mass meeting celebrating the country's 60th birthday in this picture distributed by North Korea's official news agency KCNA in Pyongyang September 8, 2008. The portrait in the huge North Korean national flag is the state founder and 'Great Leader' Kim-Il Sung. The right side letters read, "Celebrate 60th birthday". North Korea's foundation day falls on September 9, 2008. REUTERS/KCNA

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il failed to appear at a parade on Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s founding, Kyodo news agency said in a report from Pyongyang.

The event was being closely watched for any appearance by the reclusive leader following a report that he may be seriously ill.

Reporting by Chisa Fujioka; editing by Roger Crabb

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