N.Korea’s Kim Jong-il may only have months to live

July 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is obviously failing but a new report says he may only have about one year to live. The North Korean dictator hasn’t been in good shape since his stroke last year and has reportedly had other health setbacks including long-standing diabetes and heart disease. A Japanese television network says Kim Jong-Il is now suffering from a “serious disorder” of the pancreas. The 67-year-old looked noticably gaunt with thinning hair and a slight limp, during a rare televised appearance on Wednesday as he paid homage to his late father Kim Il-Sung at a national memorial service. The film showed Kim’s hair.

Similar reports on Kim’s health have been reported by the Washington Times that the government estimates he has a year to live. It has been widely reported that Kim had announced a successor, Kim’s third son Kim Jong-un, but other rumors say he may not now get the post. According to sources, China has refused to support Kim Jong Un and is instead calling for Kim’s younger half-brother, called Kim Hyong, to take over.

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