Kim Jong-Il on the rebound: Is the wily ‘Dear Leader’ at the top of his game?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, left, is greeted by Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Aug. 26. AP/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang

The good news from North Korea is that the health of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-Il, who suffered a serious heart ailment in 2008, has improved notably.

The DPRK’s outburst of irrationality last year — including the sinking of a South Korean vessel and the shelling of the island of Yeonpyeong — had at least partly to do with the 69-year-old Kim’s desperate maneuvers to ensure a smooth succession in favor of his heir-apparent, third son Kim Jong-Un.

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