Wow, could this be turning out to be a very bad year for dictators the world over? I'd be curious to know why South Korea felt the need to issue a statement to this effect!
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il smiles during a visit to Vladivostok in this August 23, 2002 file photo. South Korean officials on January 26, 2007 denied a report that Kim might be ill or that the military had plotted against him. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev/Files (RUSSIA)