SHOCKING new satellite images showing Kim Jong-un’s personal train outside of his “leadership compound” has sparked new theories surrounding the fate of the North Korean leader.
Images reviewed by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project 38, showed that the train had been parked at the “leadership station” in Wonsan since at least 21 April.
Citing an analysis of recent satellite photos of the area, 38 North said the 250m-long train was not present on 15 April but was seen on both 21 and 23 April. The site said the train appeared to have been repositioned for departure on the latter date, but added that there had been no indication of when it might leave. The station is reserved for the use of the Kim family, it added.
“The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast,” the 38 North report said.
Speculation about Kim’s health grew quickly following his absence from the anniversary of the birthday of North Korea’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, on 15 April. On Saturday, Kim missed another national holiday, North Korea’s Military Foundation Day, further fuelling speculation about his health.