In the midst of a catastrophic famine, Kim Jong-un is ‘constructing mansions around North Korea.’
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has initiated a large construction drive in Pyongyang, as well as near the Kim dynasty’s vacation residence on the shores of a lake.
Despite widespread allegations of famine in North Korea, the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has gone on a building binge, constructing a string of opulent residences for himself and his family.
A multi-story tower near Lake Yonphung in the country’s northwest is one famous example. The skyscraper is being built, along with a camp for construction workers, according to satellite photos.
Whether Kim intends to keep the massive development for himself or give it to a trusted family member.
The Kim dynasty has long favored this location. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, both owned magnificent residences on Lake Yonphung’s shoreline, and Kim has been visiting the lake more frequently in recent years.
Between 2014 and 2016, Kim had a new helicopter pad built near the lake to make it easier for him to get away for short getaways by the lake.
He witnessed a missile launch nearby in May 2017, and in 2014, he was fascinated by a massive holiday camp erected nearby for North Korea’s scientific élite.
Meanwhile, in September, construction on a group of new villas near Kim Jong Un’s primary office in the WPK Central Committee building began in Pyongyang.
However, as Kim’s luxury developments sprout, defectors fleeing to South Korea report a horrific starvation in the North.
“Problems like more orphan children on the streets and starving death are constantly reported,” said Lee Sang Yong, editor in chief of the Seoul-based news site the Daily NK.
“The lower classes in North Korea are suffering more and more,” Lee added, noting that food shortages are worsening faster than planned.
A succession of typhoons ruined last year’s crops, and the United Nations believes that the country is short of food for at least two to three months.
North Korea’s largest challenge, according to Choi Ji-young, a research fellow and economist at the Korea Institute for National Reunification in Seoul, is the closure of its border with China.
“We estimate that cereal production fell by 5% last year, affecting food supply conditions this year,” she said. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.