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article imageNorth Korea's Kim Jong II said to have pancreatic cancer

By KJ Mullins     Jul 12, 2009 in Politics
Reports are emerging that North Korea's Kim Jong II has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. South Korean YTN announced the diagnose citing information gathered by intelligence sources in China and South Korea.
Kim's health has been a closely guarded secret ever since last year when it was speculated that the ruler had suffered a stroke.
On Friday Japanese television reported that the leader was dealing with a serious disorder of the pancreas. It is believed that Kim has been in treatment since this past April.
Kim took power in 1994 when his father died at the age of 82. He never took the title of president but assumed the title of general secretary of the Workers' Party and chairman of the National Defense Commission.
The US National Cancer Institute puts the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer at 5.5 per cent.
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