Hermit state North Korea has not launched a ballistic missile in two months – reportedly sparking fears about the health of its supreme leader.
Tyrant Kim Jong-un, son of Kim Jong-il, has staged repeated weapons tests, while engaging in an increasingly bitter war of words with US President Donald Trump.
The regime twice fired missiles over Japan and dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons program.
But the Korean Peninsula has been noticeably quiet in the past 60 days, which has called into question the health of despot Kim Jong-un, according to the Daily Star.
Recent pictures show he has ballooned in weight again and appeared to be struggling.
At a cosmetic surgery Kim, 33, was uneasy on his feet and needed a folding chair, while on another trip to a shoe factory his face was dripping in sweat.
The Daily Star claimed he has been reported to be suffering with gout, diabetes and heart disease and hypertension
Three years ago a report from spies revealed that Kim Jong-un had gained 90 lbs since becoming the ruler of the Asian country.
He binges on food and drink to cope with his constant fear of being assassinated, according to South Korea’s spy agency, the Guardian reported.
He became the top boss following the death of his father from a heart attack in 2011.
Since then the national intelligence service claimed that Kim has suffered from insomnia.
Lee Cheol-woo, a member of South Korea’s ruling party, citing info from spooks, said: “He keeps a close tab on any potential threats to his power, including the military, and he is obsessed with ensuring his personal safety.
“Because of his habitual binge eating and drinking, he is likely to develop adult [lifestyle] diseases.”
In July, North Korea successfully launched the country’s first inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which had the capability of reaching US territory.
Over the past few months Kim Jong-un and Trump have exchanged repeated barbs, with the US President branding him “rocket man”, and the North Korea leader calling him a “mentally-deranged dotard” in response.
North Korea has been hardest hit by crippling new UN sanctions that were passed after its sixth and most powerful nuclear weapons test.
The resolution imposed a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2m barrels a year on refined petroleum products and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.