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Kim Jong Il is 'well aware' of N.Korea's 'desperate reality', once dreaming of being stoned by an angry public: Lawmaker

Kim Jong Il is 'well aware' of N.Korea's 'desperate reality', once dreaming of being stoned by an angry public: Lawmaker

A South Korean conservative activist tears a defaced portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a rally. -- PHOTO: AP SEOUL - NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Il told a visiting businessman he had nightmares of being stoned by angry members of the public in his isolated nation, a Seoul lawmaker said in an interview aired on Sunday. Mr Kim told the late founder of the Hyundai group, Chung Ju Yung, of having a dream that he was being stoned 'first by Americans, second by South Koreans and finally by North Koreans,' said Chung's son, Grand National Party lawmaker Chung Mong Joon. 'I think Kim wanted to express that he was well aware of the desperate reality of North Korea,' the younger Mr Chung said in the interview with MBC TV. He said he had heard the story from his father, who died in 2001. The late South Korean business tycoon, who spearheaded major inter-Korea econom...

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