A joint task-force of US and South Korean intelligence officials are rapidly investigating multiple reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is suffering from a variety of serious illnesses; raising new questions over the despot’s recent push to ease tensions with the United States.
According to Fox News, American experts believe Kim suffers from a variety of systemic illnesses; including gout, high blood pressure, mental health issues, and at least one Sexually Transmitted Disease.
“Kim’s health is something our own intel community is trying to gain every possible insight on,” said the Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest. “There are rumors that Kim might have had plastic surgery and purposely gained weight to look more like his grandfather, the founding ruler of North Korea, and channel some his popularity.”
“Health conditions, including use of medicines or drugs, can impact a foreign leader’s decision-making and an expected death or debilitation of a leader can cause instability in a country with potential consequences for U.S. interests,” added another expert from the Heritage Foundation.
The brutal dictator’s health was thrust into global headlines earlier this week, when new photos of the communist leader emerged showing Kim had gained a substantial amount of weight in recent months.
CRISIS IN KOREA: 4.7 Million North Koreans Join Kim's Army to 'Destroy' USA
North Korean state-run media claimed Thursday that nearly five million citizens enlisted or re-enlisted in the country’s military to help defend the communist nation should war break out on the Korean peninsula.
According to USA Today, North Korean officials released a statement saying that millions of citizens have joined Kim’s army to “bring fire” to the United States. Over one million women enlisted to help the dictator “counter” American forces in the region.
“Over the past six days, millions of young men expressed their will for military enlistment to counter the U.S. force, and even some 1.22 million women vowed to voluntarily follow suit,” said the news agency.
The statement from Pyongyang comes hours after the Chinese government announced they would be shutting down all Korean-backed businesses operating in China within 120 days. Beijing’s new policy effectively cripples the North Korean economy, making it nearly impossible to import fuel, food, and other necessities.
China’s decision comes on the heels of punishing, US-led sanctions from the United Nations following Kim’s continued nuclear and missile tests. Earlier this month, dictator Kim Jong Un successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and launched a medium-range ballistic missile over Japanese Territory.
In response, President Trump warned Kim that the United States was prepared to “totally destroy” his regime should he continue to expand his weapons and missile programs; saying that “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un was on a “suicide mission” against the United States.
CRISIS IN KOREA: 'Mad Mog' Mattis Tells Army to 'Be Ready' for War with Kim
Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dod’ Mattis told members of the US military to “be ready” on Monday, warning the Army that all-out war could erupt on the Korean peninsula should dictator Kim Jong Un continue his illegal nuclear and missile programs.
Mattis was speaking at an annual meeting of the United States Army when he was asked about the Trump administration’s policy regarding North Korea.
“I suspect your probably not going to reveal the intricate details of your Korea strategy, but what can the U.S. military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean peninsula?” asked one questioner.
“What a great question. Let me talk about Korea for a minute because it’s on all of our minds,” said the Defense Secretary. “It is right now a diplomatically led, economic sanction-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path. What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.”
“There’s one thing the US Army can do. You have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed,” he added.
President Trump commented on the escalating crisis unfolding on the Korean peninsula earlier Monday, saying that “25 years” worth of diplomacy have yielded little results, and that “policy didn’t work.”
Military experts and officials believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is preparing a major provocation in the region to mark Monday’s national holiday; possibly firing another missile or testing a nuclear warhead to mark the founding of the nation’s ruling communist party.
Watch the Secretary of Defense’s comments above.