Kim Jong-Il Back in Public After Stroke

North Korean leader appears recovered
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2008 2:10 AM CST
Kim Jong Il, rear center, visits Jagang Provincial Library.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – US intelligence officials believe North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has recovered from a stroke he suffered last August, and has been making public appearances, Reuters reports. The 66-year-old dictator recently inspected army units and a ceramics factory, according to North Korea's state-controlled media. One appearance is believed to have taken place last week.

South Korean aerial reconnaissance confirms that Kim's personal train has traveled to places he has been said to have visited, after being idle for months. How well Kim has recovered is still in doubt. State television has shown still images of Kim, sparking speculation the stroke may have affected his body movements.