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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has once again reportedly disappeared from the public eye and gone off on a holiday. The tyrant was recently observed to be missing for 12 consecutive days amid the flooding that has caused much damage to crops across the country. Satellite images captured Kim’s megayacht anchored at a beach on Hodo Peninsula between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5.

According to The Sun, the 180-foot yacht was seen alongside a smaller 60-foot yacht parked further down the beach that is close to a series of new mansions owned by the dictator’s trusted officials. The area is a sprawling expanse on the east coast of North Korea with an exclusive resort where Kim’s cronies have privileged property ownerships.

To date, Kim has not appeared on any program or state TV features sparking even more rumors over his continuing absence from the public. This is the second-longest break the leader has taken after he disappeared for about 19 days back in July. Satellite imagery from Planet Labs then also detected movement from his flotilla of yachts which spotted the luxury vessels anchored in the secluded Sin Island situated in the northern part of Tae Island.

Kim is known to take off on holidays and indulge himself in luxury whenever he sails off to his beachside mansion in Wonsan. This is the first time since August 2016 that his distinctive yacht was spotted at this particular beach on the Hodo Peninsula which is only accessible by sea or from small roads away from the cities. His red-roof-covered megayacht was also observed to be parked at a separate mansion from his last trip to this location where he then sailed in his 165-foot superyacht.

In recent months, the leader was observed to have become even more reclusive. His disappearances notably coincide whenever the country is faced with devastating battles such as the time the Covid pandemic hit and its economic catastrophes. His luxurious indulgences is a stark contrast to the current state of his people who continually struggle to survive starvation. As Kim increasingly withdraws out of the public spotlight, his current health has also been the subject of much speculation.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a welcoming dinner on Sept. 18, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Getty Images/Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool

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