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Japanese officials working in North Korea were told to stay close to their missions because the japanese government expected the north to make an important announcement about its leader’s health October 20. Thus far, the North has not made any announcement about Kim Jong-Il’s health. South Korean officials believe the Japense intel to be wrong.
Striking a typically reverential note, KCNA also reported on what it called a scientific breakthrough in prolonging the life of the kimjongilia flower, a bright red begonia hybrid developed to honor the nation's Dear Leader.
North Korea has suggested that Japan be removed from long-running six-party talks aimed at its nuclear disarmament.
A commentary in a North Korean newspaper said Japan kept creating trouble and had wrecked the process.