미 관리들 말: 북한 지도자(김정일) 많이 아파

NK LEADER IS SERIOUSLY ILL, U.S. OFFICIALS SAY
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Byline:MARK MAZZETTI and CHOE SANG-HUN c.2008 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON -- The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is seriously ill and likely suffered a stroke weeks ago, American officials said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a chaotic power struggle in nuclear-armed North Korea. 워싱턴 – 북한 지도자 김정일이 몹시 아프며 최근 여러 주일 전에 뇌졸중을 당했을 가능성이 있다고 미국 관리들이 9일 말했다. 이것은 핵무장 국가인 북한에서 무질서한 권력 승계 투쟁이 벌어질지 모른다는 전망을 야기하고 있다. Intelligence officials in Washington said that the exact status of Kim's health was unclear, but that he failed to attend a small-scale celebration of his country's 60th anniversary and that American intelligence agencies believe he is now under the care of a team of doctors in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. 워싱턴에 있는 정보 관련 관리들은 김의 건강 상태가 정확히 무엇인지는 분명치 않다고 말했다. 그러나 그는 북한의 60주년을 기념하는 소규모 축하행사에 참석하지 못했으며 미국 정보기관들은 그가 수도 평양에서 의사들 한 팀의 치료를 받고 있는 것으로 믿고 있다고 이들 관리들은 말했다. Kim's health is a topic of intense interest among governments and security experts, especially because Western officials are unclear about exactly who would succeed the man known as the "Dear Leader." 김의 건강은 여러 나라의 정부들과 안보 문제 전문가들 사이에서 집중적인 관심의 대상이 되어있다. 특별히 그럴 이유는 “친애하는 지도자”라고 불리는 사나이의 후계자가 누가 될 것인지에 대해 서방측 관리들이 정확한 것을 알지 못하고 있는 데 있다. North Korea is one of the world's most isolated and unpredictable states, and a messy transfer of power would focus new attention on the security of the country's nuclear weapons arsenal. Kim has not missed any of the 10 previous military parades staged for major anniversaries, during which columns of armored vehicles and rocket launchers rumbled through Pyongyang's main plaza and legions of goose-stepping soldiers saluted him. But for the 60th anniversary, there was only a parade by militia groups in charge of civil defense, and Kim did not attend it, said a spokesman at Seoul's main spy agency, the National Intelligence Service. An American intelligence official, who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity because assessments about Kim's health are classified, said that it does not appear that Kim's death is imminent. The official said there are no clear indications that North Korean officials are stepping up preparations for a possible transfer of authority, but would not say whether American intelligence agencies expected Kim to fully recover. Earlier this year, the North had agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons programs in return for economic and political rewards from the United States and its allies, a major diplomatic victory for the Bush administration. But late last month, the North Korean government reversed course. Angry that Washington had not removed it from a terrorism list, it said it had stopped disabling its main nuclear complex. It is now unclear whether Kim ordered the reversal, or whether other North Korean officials were making decisions about the nuclear program while he was incapacitated. (ⓒ 2008 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2008 www.usabriefing.net)
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