Skip to comments.North Korea's heir-apparent launches luxury villa construction spree
Posted on 12/31/2010 3:36:51 PM PST by bruinbirdman
Starving North Korea is reportedly spending more than £100 million on new offices and villas for Kim Jong-un, the country's heir-apparent.
The construction spree, documented in satellite photographs and informant accounts assembled by South Korea's intelligence services, began as Kim Jong-un was named to succeed his ailing father, Kim Jong-il, last month.
No independent corroboration of the photographs was possible, but two North Korea experts told The Daily Telegraph that the material was credible. North Korea's ruling family has long been known to live in considerable luxury, unlike the vast majority of the population it rules over.
House 15 in Pyongyang's central district, where Kim Jong-un grew up, has been rebuilt from the foundations to standards of luxury deemed appropriate for his new role. The building earlier housed Kim Jong-un's mother, Ko Young Hee, who is thought to have died of breast cancer in 2004.
House 16, next door, houses Kim Jong-il. Both houses are thought to be connected to offices through an underground tunnel.
Kim Jong-un, South Korean intelligence sources believe, is also the likely inhabitant of a new villa that has been built in North Hamgyong province, famous for its hot springs and spas. Local residents were alleged to have been press-ganged into work on a railway line and road that will ease access to the villa.
A massive new hall is coming up at Songdowon, along the sea in Gangwon province -- the site of a family resort complex that includes a dock for a yacht and a private railway station.
The structure of the hall, South Korean intelligence believes, suggests it includes an undersea viewing area similar to that at Seoho Villa, another family property in South Hamkyung province. That is reputed to include a three-level undersea gallery that allows visitors to view
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Kim Jong-un must be taking lessons from the Obamas and Nancy Pelosi.
Chia Head Jr. Ping.
I made pizza for Kim Jong-il
in a country where people are literally starving to death
I don’t see Junior lasting.
Looks like my old boss
While North Koreans starve to death, that Fat Boy ruler looks like he’s never missed a meal in his life. Eat hearty, little pudgy one, for you never know which meal will be your last...and yours is probably coming soon.
Courtesy of Western voters and their international aid programs. Let’s congratulate ourselves.
Another reason not to go to war—the villas would be trashed. How reassuring.
That or Mussolini, either one works for me.
I’s good to be the Ki-, er, hereditary Leader of a Democratic People’s Republic!
I see he’s rockin’ the Marty Allen hairstyle, just like his dad.
If the North Koreans go too far, we should go after their luxury properties and destroy them ! Luxury houses, gone ! Yacht, gone ! Hit them in their “pocket book” !
It looks like he eats real good.
It looks like he eats real good.
TigerLikesRooster reported today that ChiaHead needed tanks around his compound last August about the time his son was being promoted to Capo de penultimo Tutti Capo.
And the people who don’t starve eat grass. Showcase of Socialism.
Boy, he sure is a chubby little pork chop!
Indeed. He has become tubby thanks to our foreign aid.
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