I’m not sure where Open News is getting its insider information about Kim Jong Il’s comings and goings, but if true, this would seem significant:
According to a high-official North Korean, Kim Jong-Il could not visit the Mt. KeumSu Memorial Palace on New Years Day, where the formal chairman Kim Il-Sung is buried, missing out on one of the major new years events in North Korea. It is stated that there was not a single year since 1995 when Kim Jong-Il did not pay a tribute on midnight of new year’s day, according to the source. This is a very significant event which implies the exacerbation of Kim’s health conditions.
Korean Central Broadcasting released this statement denying the report.