Extra! Korea

July 1, 2010

Is Kim Jong-il demented? I mean, more than usual

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 2:17 pm

According to the Chosun Ilbo, Kim Jong-il may be showing signs of dementia.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who suffered a massive stroke in 2008, has been displaying signs of memory loss and occasionally talks nonsense, National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon apparently told the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee in a closed-door meeting.

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NIS officials apparently showed lawmakers photos of Kim’s swollen left hand, which has been paralyzed since the stroke. The North Korean leader is undergoing therapy and has asked foreign specialists to the country.

If this is true, then the end of North Korea’s current regime could be coming soon, and it probably won’t be pretty.


  1. “According to the Chosun Ilbo, Kim Jong-il may be showing signs of dementia.”

    You don’t say. I mean, when does that ever happen with megalomaniac dictators?

    Comment by Gabby — July 4, 2010 @ 4:39 am

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