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Satellite photos indicate Kim Jong-un is still alive

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For several weeks there has been fervid speculation that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is dead, or gravely ill.

For several weeks there has been fervid speculation that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is dead, or gravely ill.

But recently released satellite imagery suggests the leader is instead on holidays at his coastal resort.

North Korean-monitoring website NK Pro has studied commercial satellite imagery of his beachside resort in Wonsan.

The luxury yacht in the centre of the photo gives some indication that Kim Jong-un is still alive.

And the appearance of Kim's 55m leisure yacht outside his private villa suggests that he is alive and well.

Every time one of Kim's boats is docked at the villa in the past year, he has been confirmed to be there.

This includes in May last year, where he disappeared from the public eye for some weeks.

The Wonsan villa is one of Kim Jong-un's preferred compounds.

His yacht, a Princess 95, was valued at about $7 million.

On April 21 and 23, satellite images showed a train at Kim's private train station nearby the villa.

The villa is an important compound for Kim, with the dictator hosting former Chicago Bulls NBA star Dennis Rodman there in 2013.

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman applaud during a game between the Harlem Globetrotters team and North Korean University of Physical Education players. (AAP)

The complex includes nine large guesthouses, a recreation centre, a protected port, a shooting range, a recreation building, a covered dock, and a small runway converted in 2019 into a horse-riding track.

Kim has not been seen in public for weeks, prompting speculation that he died during a cardiovascular operation.

His absence at his late grandfather's birthday celebrations, a major public holiday in North Korea, was especially noteworthy.

The Kim dynasty timeline

Three days ago Kim purportedly sent greetings to Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, according to the Pyongyang Times.

But the short written message has not satisfied outside observers of Kim's health.

North Korea is notoriously reclusive, and while they have not confirmed any cases of coronavirus, it is believed the disease is rife there.

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It is not known who would take over the country if Kim dies, but it is considered somewhat likely his younger sister Kim Yo-Jong, 31, would take control.

Kim Yo Jong walks ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Koran leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrive at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The South Korean government has poured cold water on speculation Kim has died.

"No suspicious movements have so far been detected," presidential adviser Moon Chung-in said earlier this week.

Source: 9News

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