Kim Jong-un's fear of coronavirus has resulted in him taking “irrational actions” – including carrying out an execution.
The despot's fear of Covid-19 in the secretive nation of North Korea has also seen him ban fishing as he fears the ocean is infected with the deadly disease.
The claims were made by Ha Tae-keung, who was briefed by South Korea's National Intelligence Service.
New reports from Yonhap News Agency claim he ordered the death of an official in August for bringing in prohibited goods amid toughened border customs control due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
He has also stopped fishing and salt production at sea as he fears seawater could become infected with the respiratory disease, which has so far killed more than a million people worldwide.
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The paranoid dictator, 36, executed a "big shot in the Pyongyang money change market in late October for a sudden exchange rate fluctuation".
However, despite his alleged concern about the virus, which would put the country's limited health resources under extreme pressure, the North Korean government claims that there hasn't been a single reported case of coronavirus since the pandemic began last December.
Earlier this month, Daily NK, a website run by defectors, claimed that in reality, coronavirus has very much taken hold of North Korea.
They reported that the brutal regime has banished sufferers to one of nine quarantine jails, where they are fed meagre rations of 'salt soup and corn rice' and forced to sleep on the floor.
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They do not receive medical care, and a lot of patients are starving to death.
If a patient dies, their body is cremated at the site and their remains are then sent to their family without any explanation.
Some who arrived with only mild symptoms, such as a fever, ended up falling ill and dying of malnutrition, a new report alleges amid a sharp rise in the number of North Koreans being placed in quarantine.
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Kim Jong-un's cronies have reportedly also banned people from saying the words "coronavirus" and "infectious disease".
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The South Korean government official also revealed that he is concerned that he will not be able to maintain his friendly relationship with the US now that President Donald Trump is on his way out of the White House.
They claim that he is planning a huge parade showcasing the country's military might ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.
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