| GEO World|
| N Korea's Kim hospitalized: South Korea|
| Updated at: 1157 PST, Wednesday, October 29, 2008|
SEOUL: South Korean intelligence indicates that ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il suffered a serious set back and has been hospitalized, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
The report in the citing an unnamed government official comes a day after Japan's prime minister told lawmakers in Tokyo that Kim probably is in the hospital, though ``not unable'' to make decisions as North Korea's leader.
The chief of South Korea's National Intelligence Service had told lawmakers Tuesday that Kim was ``not physically perfect'' but still able to rule the country. The spy agency and South Korea's Unification Ministry said Wednesday they were aware of the report saying intelligence obtained Sunday suggested ``a serious problem'' in Kim's health, but could not confirm it.
Kim, 66, reportedly suffered a stroke and underwent brain surgery in August. North Korea, however, denies he is ill.