Mr. Shigemura says that if the real Kim, looking wan and weak, appeared before the Supreme People's Assembly several days after North Korea fired a long-range missile on April 5, then it must have been a look-alike who hosted former US President Bill Clinton in August.
"They were totally different people," says Mr. Shigemura, a former correspondent for Mainichi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper, who now teaches international relations at Waseda University in Tokyo. "In August, he looked very healthy."
Diverse nordkoreanische Flüchtlinge sind ebenfalls der Meinung, dass Jong-Il mehrere Doppelgänger habe. Des Öfteren tauchten Berichte und Analysen darüber auf, dass Jong-Il bereits verstorben sei und durch mehre Doppelgänger ersetzt wurden wäre.
"That's possible," says Choi Jin-wook, senior fellow and specialist on North Korea at the Korea Institute of National Unification. "These dictators always need look-alikes for security reasons. Kim Jong-il is giving 'on-the-spot guidance' too often for his health."
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