He's Back? N. Korea Says Kim Watches Soccer Match

By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2008 12:03 PM CDT
In this undated photo released Aug. 16, 2008, by Korea News Service, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects a military unit at an undisclosed place.    (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, rumored to be seriously ill, made his first public appearance in nearly 2 months, says the state news agency. It offered few details and no photos, but said that Kim attended a recent soccer match between universities and congratulated the players afterward, Reuters reports. US and South Korean officials suspect the 66-year-old leader suffered a stroke, but North Korea denies it.