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Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #105 on: July 13, 2009, 12:50:23 am »
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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has pancreatic cancer and the illness is life-threatening, South Korean broadcaster YTN said on Monday based on information gathered by Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources.

Kim's health is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the reclusive communist state. Kim, 67, was widely thought to have suffered a stroke last year, but there has never been official confirmation.

Kim looked gaunt during a public appearance last Wednesday at a memorial for his father and state founder Kim Il-sung [ID:nSEO96393]

Kim's health raises questions about succession in Asia's only communist dynasty and who will control its nuclear weapons programs.

The North conducted its second nuclear test on May 25, which was met by U.N. sanctions aimed at cutting off the impoverished state's lucrative arms trade and one of its few sources of hard cash.

South Korean officials have said the North's recent military grandstanding that also included missiles launches and threats to attack the South is linked to efforts to pave the way for Kim's youngest son to take over.

Kim took power in 1994 when his father died at the age of 82. He assumed the title of general secretary of the Workers' Party and chairman of the National Defense Commission, but has never taken the title of president.

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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #106 on: July 13, 2009, 01:07:13 am »
I hope he dies and the North Korean people finally get freed from the tyranny.

Yes, I know about the associated problems, but I can't stand these types of governments.
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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #107 on: July 13, 2009, 01:09:37 am »
He'll just be succeeded by one of his sons/generals/party members.

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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2009, 08:38:29 am »
He'll just be succeeded by one of his sons/generals/party members.
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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2009, 09:03:42 am »
Too bad. Sure he's a horrible and tyrannical dictator. I don't despise him personally, but I despise his choices as a leader.

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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #110 on: July 13, 2009, 10:47:55 am »
Yay! He's dying! No WWIII! ;D
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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #111 on: July 13, 2009, 10:53:02 am »
Oh please, you really think North Korea has any allies?  If North Korea launched a nuke for a purpose other than testing, they would be eliminated.


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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #112 on: July 13, 2009, 11:35:28 am »
Oh please, you really think North Korea has any allies?  If North Korea launched a nuke for a purpose other than testing, they would be eliminated.

Well, I don't really see nuclear weapons being used in a war like that, even if North Korea starts it off with one. It doesn't take many to put the environment in the toilet, you know.

Oh, and his kids could be even crazier than him, so... yeah.

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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #113 on: July 13, 2009, 03:02:40 pm »
Its funny, my friend at work has a girlfriend from South Korea and she didn't know what the big deal is. These kind of tensions are just part of the way of life for the people that live over there. "Oh look, its gonna rain. The North fired off another rocket. Did I leave the laundry on the line?, What is on TV tonight?..."

Bad news from the North is like hearing someone shot a gun in Detroit, not a big deal. After staring down the barrel of a gun for 60 years I guess they just get used to the echo.

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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #114 on: July 13, 2009, 04:52:42 pm »
North Korea is just a little attention whore.

Just one slap to the face would keep Kim's mouth shut forever.

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Re: Kim Jong-il may or may not have pancreatic cancer
« Reply #115 on: July 13, 2009, 05:19:11 pm »
Oh, and his kids could be even crazier than him, so... yeah.

Especially since the last time he was seen by the public eye was when he was 12 20 years ago or so.  Since then no doubt being trained to be every bit as much of a looney as his father.

Heck, given his father's record, I wouldn't be suprised if he came into power claiming to still be Kim Jong-il after having used his superpowers to become young again.
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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #116 on: July 13, 2009, 07:16:31 pm »
Oh, and his kids could be even crazier than him, so... yeah.

Especially since the last time he was seen by the public eye was when he was 12 20 years ago or so.  Since then no doubt being trained to be every bit as much of a looney as his father.

Heck, given his father's record, I wouldn't be suprised if he came into power claiming to still be Kim Jong-il after having used his superpowers to become young again.

Kim Jong-Il's superpower was a working reproductive system? Literal ballsiness? I could go on.

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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #117 on: July 14, 2009, 12:39:18 am »
North Korea is just a little attention whore.

Just one slap to the face would keep Kim's mouth shut forever.

A Carrier Strike Group kind of slap.

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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #118 on: July 14, 2009, 06:50:08 am »
The problem is... North Korea's Army, as pathetically trained and equipped as they might be (and it's not that bad, being that N. Korea is one step away from a complete Military Dictatorship), out numbers all of the US and South Korean forces in S. Korea by almost 5 to 1 (at best). The US military is stretched far too thin and breaking the Armistice for either side would be highly unwise. The North doesn't really have much to gain out of it either.
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Re: 2009 North Korean Nuclear Test
« Reply #119 on: July 14, 2009, 07:01:52 am »
North Korea is just a little attention whore.

Just one slap to the face would keep Kim's mouth shut forever.

I just had the image of some soldiers paratrooping onto Kim's house (castle?) and slapping him...