SEOUL, July 17 -- North Korean President Kim Il-sung fell ill at his villa in a remote mountain resort after three nights of policy meetings with his son and top aides and died before doctors arrived, a report published in Seoul said Sunday. The national daily Dong-A Ilbo said in a dispatch from Dandong, Liaoning Province, China, facing North Korea near the estuary of the Yalu River that Kim Il-sung became ill on July 7 at his villa in a summer resort on Mt. Myohyang.
The report said Kim had meetings with his son, Kim Jong-il, and other top aides from the ruling Workers (Communist) Party for the three preceding nights discussing outstanding issues, including the forthcoming U.S.-North Korea high-level talks and an inter-Korea summit meeting. Attributing the report to an informed source in Dandong who recently traveled to North Korea, Dong-A said on July 7 Kim suddenly had difficulty breathing and his face turned pale. An urgent message was sent to the capital of Pyongyang calling doctors, whose arrival was delayed because of an accident during their 95 miles (153 km) helicopter flight to the resort, the source said. When doctors arrived Kim was already dead, the source said. It was not known what accident delayed the arrival of doctors, or whether the first doctors were killed in the accident and replacements arrived at the resort too late, the source said.