Sunday, October 19, 2008
TOKYO - North Korea has ordered its diplomats abroad to be on standby for an "important announcement" that could be about the health of its leader Kim Jong Il, a Japanese newspaper said.
Quoting several unidentified sources, the Yomiuri report Saturday said North Korea had told its diplomats to refrain from traveling to be ready for the announcement. The order was probably issued several days ago, it said.
The announcement could be about Kim's health or North Korea's relations with neighboring South Korea, it said.
The report gave no further details. Japanese Foreign Ministry officials could not be reached for comment late Saturday.