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Russia Testing Medicine for North Korea’s Kim — Report

Mos News | September 11 2006

North Korea is having a new medicine clinically-tested on two subjects in Russia for leader Kim Jong-Il who is suffering from diabetes and hearth disease, according to a news report quoted by AFP.

An unnamed lawmaker from South Korea’s ruling party was quoted as telling the Yonhap news agency that he had been briefed on the drug tests by Kim Seung-Kyu, the director of South Korea’s main spy agency.

“I heard about it from Director Kim at a recent intelligence committee plenary session at parliament,” he was quoted as saying.

“His agency believes the two (test subjects), who are same in physique and age as Kim Jong-Il, are receiving the new medicine for diabetes and heart diseases at a hospital in Russia.”

Officials at the spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, were not immediately available for comment on the news report.

Kim, 64, is reported to suffer from diabetes and to have other medical problems involving his kidney and liver.

Yonhap, citing an unnamed opposition lawmaker, said last week that Kim had difficulties walking due to his poor health.

North Korea’s official media never makes any comment on Kim’s health but in a report Saturday said the leader had recently inspected a military unit in person.

Yonhap said South Korea’s spy agency believes Kim received a medical check-up at a Chinese space center while visiting the country in January.

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