The speculation surrounding the health of Kim Jong Il has continued with a Japanese TV station reporting that the North Korean leader’s son has been seen visiting a brain surgeon in Paris.

Japan's Fuji Television showed footage from Paris of a man it identified as Kim Jong-Nam, the eldest son of the North Korean leader, visiting a French brain surgeon who then apparently flew to Pyongyang to treat his father.

Speculation about Kim Jong Il's health has swirled since he failed to appear at a key anniversary parade in early September, and U.S. and South Korean officials say the 66-year-old recluse is believed to have suffered a stroke.

Japan's Fuji Television showed footage from Paris of a man it identified as Kim.

"He is believed to have met with a French brain surgeon, who later departed from Paris for Pyongyang under North Korean escort," the network said.

Kim reportedly spent two hours in the hospital last week where he is believed to have visited its neurosurgery department, it added.

As he left the hospital, the man — stout, and clad in a dark pin-striped suit with a red tie — refused to reply to questions about Kim Jong Il's health, only getting into his car with a slight smile and waving.

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