North Korean leader reportedly ill

Kim Jong IlReports say North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is indeed ill, suffering from kidney failure requiring dialysis.  International Relations Professor William Keylor, an authority on U.S. foreign policy, says the absence of a system of succession could become a critical obstacle to the resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks.

“Reports of discontent within the North Korean ruling elite suggest that if the Kim Jong-Il becomes incapacitated and attempts to transfer authority to the number three son, there may be an attempt to prevent the transfer of power. That could mean a brutal struggle for succession.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197, wrkeylor@bu.edu

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