North Korea Now You See Kim ...

Bizarre reports of the "Great Leader's" death prove exaggerated

Ordinarily, the arrival in Pyongyang of Mongolian President Jambyn Batmonh would scarcely register a blip on the radar screens of international diplomacy. But when Batmonh stepped off his jetliner in North Korea's capital last week, television footage of the welcoming ceremony was almost immediately flashed to eagerly awaiting networks and wire services around the world. Reason: the Premier was greeted by a man whose sudden and violent death had been widely rumored and, in some cases, reported as confirmed fact for two days. Yet there he was, Kim Il Sung, the "Great Leader," still paunchy and apparently hale at 74 after...

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