Rumors about Kim’s health started after he was absent during the April 15 celebrations to commemorate the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung.
It isn’t the first time Kim had disappeared from the public eye. In 2014 he disappeared for three weeks because of medical procedures likely to address symptoms of gout. The 36 year old has struggled with health problems because he is obese but also is a chain smoker and alcoholic.
However, it is quite likely according to analysts that he is relaxing at his summer retreat in Wonsan, 100+ miles east of the capital of Pyongyang. Satellite images have shown his personal train at the compound and more recent reports Tuesday indicate yachts Kim use’s have been in motion in area, illustrating his presence.