North Korea's leader is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is not expected to live more than five years, a news report claimed Monday.
It is the latest speculation about 67-year-old Kim Jong Il's health. He reportedly suffered a stroke last year.
Such news about the regime's strongman has the international community watching and waiting for more information about the current condition of his health.
Some analysts have called the report bogus, saying Jong Il's increasing public appearances suggest it is unlikely he is suffering from cancer.
Jong Il made a public appearance last week at a newly-built tile factory appearing very thin and balding. South Korean television cited several unidentified intelligence officials who said he is struggling with pancreatic cancer.
CBN News interviewed North Korea expert Gordon Chang about the situation. Chang said the death of Kim Jong Il would touch off a long, protracted struggle for leadership, and could spell bad news for the U.S.
"This is an inherently aggressive regime and as parts of the regime struggle they are not going to take the easy way out and be good to the international community so we should look forward to a series of very serious provocations," warned Chang.
Kim Jong Il took over North Korea in 1994, after his father, Kim Il-sung, died of heart failure.