(The Chosunilbo) North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has recurrent nightmares about being stoned by his people, according to the son of a South Korean tycoon who knew Kim well. Chung Mong-joon, the ex-head of the ruling Grand National Party, on Sunday recalled hearing the story from his late father, Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung.
"My father met Kim Jong-il many times and had lengthy conversations with him over meals. Kim once said, 'Many people come to greet me wherever I go, but I know that they don't like me. I have dreams of being stoned, and the first stones are thrown by Americans, followed by South Koreans, and the third by North Koreans,'" Chung told MBC television.
"That seems to suggest that Kim knows how desperate the situation is in North Korea," Chung said.
Meanwhile, Chung did not rule out running for president next year. "I always believe one must be well prepared," he said when asked whether he will stand.