Kim Jong-il is 'convalescing'

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North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, has been living at a coastal villa since mid-May and is probably convalescing after reportedly suffering a stroke last year, according to US and South Korean intelligence reports.

The US informed Seoul that Mr Kim had been staying at the villa in Wonsan since mid-May, the South Korean Joong Ang Ilbo Sunday newspaper said.

The report said US military satellites, which closely monitor Mr Kim's personal vehicles, had detected his moves. A South Korean official said it was "certain" Mr Kim was not in Pyongyang. Wonsan is close to a launch facility where South Korea said the North test-fired seven ballistic missiles on Saturday, defying UN resolutions.

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