North Korean leader a no-show for Thanksgiving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Jong Il's failure to make his customary Thanksgiving Day appearance has added fuel to the speculation about his health problems.

Japan's Kyodo News agency, citing unidentified Chinese sources, reports that the 66-year-old has had surgery following a stroke on August 14th and that he still has trouble moving his arms and legs. The officials say that Kim faces a long period of rest and rehabilitation.

South Korean officials say they know Kim has had a stroke but can't confirm the details reported by Kyodo.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency continues to say nothing about his health.

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