Ill Kim delays top N Korea meeting

2010-09-13 11:06

Seoul - A key meeting of North Korea's ruling communist party has been delayed because of the health of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea's cable television news channel YTN said.

The station, quoting unidentified Seoul intelligence officials, said Kim's health worsened after his five-day trip to northeast China late last month.

But the station said the conference would likely be held soon since the 68-year-old's health was not bad enough to warrant a cancellation.

The meeting, the nation's most important political gathering for 30 years, is expected to pave the way for an eventual leadership succession to Kim's youngest son Jong-Un.

The South's National Intelligence Service said it could not confirm the YTN report.

In a June announcement of the planned delegates' conference, the Korean Central News Agency said only that it would meet early in September to elect the party's "highest leading body".

No firm date has been announced.