Thursday, March 15, 2012

NKorea slams Japanese newspapers' reports on Kim

North Korea slammed Japanese newspapers Thursday for recent reports that the communist nation was poised to make an "important announcement" that might be related to the health of leader Kim Jong Il.

Japan's Yomiuri and Sankei newspapers reported last weekend that Pyongyang had ordered its diplomats abroad to be on standby ahead of an "important announcement." Sankei said the country might be preparing to announce Kim's death.

The 66-year-old Kim, long believed to suffer from diabetes and heart disease, reportedly suffered a stroke and had brain surgery in August, and missed at least two key national ceremonies, including the Sept. 9 …

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