WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials think North Korea's unpredictable dictator may be gravely ill.
A U.S. intelligence official says there is reason to believe Kim Jong Il is sick after he failed to show up at a North Korean national celebration on Tuesday.
A U.S. intelligence official says it is possible that Kim has suffered a stroke. That official and another U.S. source spoke on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive intelligence gathering.
Kim has not been seen in public for a month and U.S. officials were closely watching Tuesday's military parade for signs to the leader's health.
North Koreans call Kim the "Dear Leader" and he holds absolute power in the Stalinist regime.
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