SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-il is alive and well. Or so says the South Korean government, which is denying a report by a little-known local Internet news site that the North Korean leader had been assassinated. “The alleged death has been confirmed as false,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyeon said Thursday.
Kim said the report appeared on NewsHankuk.com, an Internet daily. He had no further details. A partial headline could be found on the daily’s Web site hailing an “exclusive” report on Kim. However, the article itself could not be accessed.