It's not unprecedented for The Onion to publish some fake story that's so completely within the realm of plausibility that: a) lots of people (and even journalists, corporations and governments) are convinced by it, b) you gotta double check to make sure it is in fact a fake story, and c) it may prove itself one day to be completely prophetic and therefore true.
And of course, when the story is about Kim Jon Il pulling bat shit crazy stunts, there's a good chance that, given enough time, all three conditions above may end up being satisfied:
Of course, in my mind, this is what he would really end up looking like:
What I want to know is who would play Robin? :)