I have no independent verification, but MSNBC is out with a news alert stating that “U.S. official tells AP that North Korea’s Kim Jong Il may have suffered stroke.”
The U.S. botched the transition (thus far) of Fidel Castro stepping down from power. If indeed Kim Jong Il has had a stroke and their is leadership uncertainty in the country, now is the time to ratchet down tensions, offer support and assistance — not to kick them while they are down.
North Korea is a nation held together with a leadership and control structure tied tightly around Kim Jong Il. Transferring authority to another — a relative or another powerful player in the country — is going to be dicey if his stroke is debilitating.
— Steve Clemons