North Korea

Report: Kim Has Pancreatic Cancer

South Korean television is reporting that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il has pancreatic cancer, though the report is unsourced. If true, the news leaves the future of North Korea uncertain, though there is little doubt that Kim's successor will seek to continue to rule with an iron fist. A number of news outlets are reporting that Kim's youngest son, Jong-Un, will succeed him; the last time the elder Kim appeared in public, he was noticeably frail. Analysts say North Korea's latest saber-rattling is an attempt to "pave the way for (a) successor" by reaffirming that the nation is not to be messed with.