Satellite images show Kim Jong Un’s waterslide yacht in action, while North Korea struggles with famine and COVID-19
Kim Jong Un’s 260-foot luxury yacht has been spotted moving toward his private compound as North Korea struggles with famine and COVID-19.
Satellite-imaging company Planet Labs captured pictures of the yacht, as well as a second 200-foot yacht, moored at the private beach near Kim’s palace at Wonsan on July 12.
The images were published by the South Korean outlet NK News, which marked up the images on its website. The weather around Wonsan in July is warm, and the temperature on Tuesday was 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
A tweet from May about the yacht’s movements included an image of the yacht.
The larger of the yachts is constructed as a floating amusement park, with a double waterslide, an Olympic-size pool, and a multistory lounge, the outlet reported.
It is unclear who is using the luxury boats, which have been lent to friends and family in the past.
The yachts’ movements coincide with days the leader did not make public appearances and can be a reasonably reliable indicator of his movements, NK News reported.
In April last year, during an extensive withdrawal from public view, Kim’s 200-foot yacht was spotted moving around the same spot.
Less than a month ago, Kim made a rare announcement. He said there was a “tense” situation with North Korea’s food supply, which he attributed to typhoons in the past year. Food prices have skyrocketed, prompting one UN official to propose lifting sanctions in order to prevent mass starvation, Reuters reported.