Jeffrey LewisThe Il-Matic Returns

He’s baaaaaaaack!

A thinner, grayer Kim Jong Il appeared at the first session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly at the Mansudae Assembly Hall. The Norks released the video.

I love the desultory little clap he gives about 45 seconds in.

Comments

  1. peter Zimmerman (History)

    Is Kim Jong ill?

  2. Martin Dirksen (History)

    Dear Jeffrey,
    always looking for Videos from the Norks-thank You. Do You think that Your readers would like to watch this Video as well?:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlBoOq_O4wM&feature=channel_page
    It shows the start of Kwangmyongsong-2 …Do I have to say more? It is also a video of a program of the North Korean TV and shows the “flight” ot their satelitte. It was published at Youtube at April 9th by the same use that you referr to: rodrigorojo1.
    Happy Eastern! Yours M.Dirksen

  3. FOARP (History)

    Wow, can I be a dictator when I grow up, please?

  4. Allen Thomson (History)

    It would be interesting to get one of the MDs who do remote diagnosis of foreign leaders to comment on Kim’s appearance in this video. Other than weight loss, I didn’t see/hear much to suggest serious impairment — but I’m not an MD.

  5. MarkoB

    This follows days after the rocket launch, which at least suggests the possibility of a link between Kim’s coming out party and the launch; why are political effects/motivations of North Korean actions always directed toward the external?

  6. The Pink One (History)

    MarkoB says “NK political actions are always directed towards the external” but I would argue domestic politics are almost always a much greater factor. Of course, national division forces them to deal with the ROK, but that issue is manipulated for domestic purposes every day.

    I was a little surprised to see Chang Song-t’aek and Chu Kyu-ch’ang elected to the National Defense Commission. And despite Kim Jong-nam’s repeated denials from Macao, Beijing, Hong Kong, etc., I wouldn’t be surprise if he were to team up with Chang Song-t’aek and take charge in the post-Yura era.

  7. Fred Reinheimer (History)

    “Is Kim Jong ill?”…

    OK, can we please, please, can we please put the “Kim Jong ill“ humor to bed now. It really wasn’t very funny back when it started and now it is officially old.
    Now, the red-fist logo at the start of the video…that’s funny!

  8. Some asshole at CNS

    OK, can we please, please, can we please put the “Kim Jong ill“ humor to bed now. “It really wasn’t very funny back when it started and now it is officially old.
    Now, the red-fist logo at the start of the video…that’s funny!”

    Nonproliferation is old!

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