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Iran building new weapons storage at military base in eastern Syria, satellite images show

JERUSALEM – Iran is building a new tunnel at the Imam Ali military base in Eastern Syria capable of storing advanced weapons systems, according to satellite images and analysis obtained by Fox News.

Images captured on May 12 show bulldozers at the entrance of the structure that is estimated to be around 15 feet wide.

Satellite shots from April 1 show an excavator and bulldozers near where the new construction took place.

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Intelligence analysis conducted by Image Sat International (ISI), a civilian satellite company, indicates the tunnel is fit to be used for the storage of vehicles carrying advanced weapons systems. This conclusion was drawn from looking at similar tunnels that were dug over the past nine months on the same complex. One such tunnel, two miles away, was bombed in March, forcing the Iranians to abruptly stop construction.

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Fox News was first to report the existence of this Iranian military base in September 2019, citing multiple Western intelligence sources. The compound, that sits along the Iraq/Syria border, was targeted with airstrikes less than a week later.

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The Israeli military has struck numerous Iranian-linked sites in Syria over the past two years, but has not acknowledged recent attacks against the Imam Ali base.

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Although reports this month say Israeli defense officials believe Iran is reducing its footprint in Syria, analysts at ISI say the construction of the new tunnel shows Iran plans to continue operating in this area.

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Behind the rogue and botched attack to kidnap Venezuela’s Maduro

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In a triumphant speech Monday, embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro boasted that two U.S. citizens – in addition to more than 100 “terrorist mercenaries” – had been captured after an ultimately unsuccessful plot to kill him in Caracas a day earlier.

While President Trump insisted the U.S. government had nothing to do with the ill-fated operation, Maduro – who had a $15 million bounty put on his head by the U.S. Justice Department in March – waved two U.S. passports during the state television broadcast. He also displayed photos of alleged assailants sweeping in on fishing boats and claimed the Trump administration “is fully and completely involved in this defeated raid.”

The two Americans were identified as Luke Denman and Airan Berry, both previously U.S. Special Forces soldiers, also known as Green Berets. However, another former Green Beret, Florida-based Jordan Goudreau, is saying he orchestrated the botched attack from Colombia.

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami and Cilia Flores take part in a military exercise at Fuerte Tiuna military base in Caracas, Venezuela February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello – RC17D57B06D0

Goudreau declared in interviews Sunday that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan with Denman and Berry, before recruiting them to help kidnap Maduro in what was called “Operation Gideon.”

While the United States and more than 100 other countries no longer recognize Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela – instead throwing their support behind opposition figure Juan Giuado – Maduro has maintained his position at the helm in the capital city of Caracas. He oversees the socialist regime and commands the security forces, even as the nation deteriorates into humanitarian crises.

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Goudreau, who is believed to now be in Colombia, founded a private security company called Silvercorp USA in 2018 and claimed planning to overthrow Maduro started months ago. The three-time Bronze Star U.S. combat veteran told reporters in Miami that he initially signed a contract with Guaidó and two political advisers in October for $213 million.

He said although the U.S.-supported opposition leader never paid up, Goudreau continued with the operation, which included the two American soldiers and around 60 locals.

Guaido has since denied any involvement.

Ephraim Mattos is executive director of Venezuela and Colombia-centric aid organization Stronghold Rescue & Relief, which was not connected to Sunday’s foiled mission. He said several of the disgruntled Venezuelan men involved were lured under the false pretenses, and were told Goudreau was “Trump’s bodyguard, a Delta Force special operator, and a CIA agent.” It was this “false trust” that sent the Venezuelans to their demise, said Mattos.

“It appears Guaido washed his hands of the plot many months ago in favor of allowing U.S. sanctions to run their course. And even though Goudreau clearly did not have the backing of Guaido, he went ahead with the plot anyway,” Mattos continued.

A detailed Associated Press investigation published Friday also noted that Goudreau had been working with retired Venezuelan army general Clíver Alcalá. Alcalá turned himself in to U.S. officials in late March after being indicted on narcotics charges to train dozens of defectors from Venezuela’s security forces, aimed at usurping Maduro.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab holds up twitter posts during a press conference regarding what the government calls a failed attack over the weekend aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 4. The twitter posts are between two members of the opposition, Humberto Calderon and Yon Goicoechea. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Johan Obdola, president of the Canada-based Global Organization for Intelligence (IOSI) and a former counter-narcotics chief in Venezuela, said Goudreau met with people related to Guaido, including Alcala.

“Jordan, supported by Cliver Alcala, started providing special training to Venezuelan freedom fighters. This group of fighters was infiltrated by the Venezuelan regime, and when the U.S. offered a reward for the capture of Nicolas Maduro, it provided a better opportunity to plan this Operation Gideon, to capture Maduro, and initiate a national armed rebellion against the regime,” Obdola said.

Nonetheless, there is still a lot that does not add up, Obdola contended.

“The way this operation looks is confusing. First, the initial location Macuto, a town located in near the biggest port of Venezuela, la Guaira, which is under heavy surveillance by the military forces,” he said. “According to the regime, the ‘mercenaries’ have in their belongings, national I.D.s, dentist treatment receipts, and other items which does not make sense.”

And despite the AP expose being published Friday, the ill-fated mission still went ahead on Sunday.

Multiple U.S. defense community sources indicated that word of the Maduro mission was rampant for months, and was not sanctioned by the Trump administration.

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Zoraida Silva, 26, feeds her six month baby Jhon Angel, at a soup kitchen in The Cemetery slum, in Caracas, Venezuela. Silva said that she can not afford to have 3 meals a day, and she has been eating at the soup kitchen for two years ago. According to a survey recently published by the U.N. World Food Program, one of every three Venezuelans cope with food insecurity, unable to get enough food to meet their basic dietary needs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

A source within Venezuela, requesting anonymity for safety concerns, told Fox News that Maduro’s forces suddenly started sealing off Caracas more than a week ago and strengthening security around the capital, suggesting that the regime was well aware of the showdown.

“One thing Maduro’s guys have mastered is intelligence,” the source said. “Many people think this was a setup, with a Maduro agent involved. Some are questioning Guiado’s involvement, but regardless, this will hurt him and demoralize the opposition.”

The source also expressed concern that it will “give Maduro an excuse to extend the lockdown until June, citing national security.”

A U.S. intelligence insider concurred on Tuesday that the “cowboy” quest likely was infiltrated by Maduro operatives weeks ago, but the Venezuelan regime waited to score a propaganda victory. It also put the U.S. government in the dilemma of needing to offer a concession to free the two U.S. men.

The Silvercorp website, much like its social media pages, features men in body armor and camouflage, and video of a muscled Goudreau running up mountains and hanging from helicopters.

“We provide governments and corporations with realistic and timely solutions to irregular problems,” the site says. “Our elite staff bring unrivaled dedication for building a safer world while striving to uphold the highest standards of compliance, quality, and integrity.”

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The company’s Facebook page has since been removed.

Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab said in a statement Monday that in total 114 people were arrested for alleged involvement, and almost 100 more are sought.

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country’s rightful interim ruler, speaks during conference in Caracas, Venezuela March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero – RC2IGF916NAY

It remains unclear what steps the White House will take to free the American veterans now in Venezuelan custody.

“I’ve tried to engage everybody I know at every level,” Goudreau told the AP on Monday about helping free his detained colleagues. “Nobody’s returning my calls. It’s a nightmare.”

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It’s a nightmare, U.S. officials stressed, from which everyone wanted to distance themselves.

“The incident reminds us that a democratic transition in Venezuela is not going to happen in a single weekend and will not be led by outsiders, but rather as part of a longer process of negotiations involving all Venezuelans and reinforced by the international community,” added Keith Mines, senior advisor on Colombia and Venezuela at the United States Institute for Peace. “The U.S. is supportive of efforts to restore democracy to Venezuela through a negotiated outcome.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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North Korea tests cloud seeding, ‘making it rain’ after devastating droughts

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After years of devastating droughts that led to food shortages in North Korea, scientists in the Hermit Kingdom reportedly started developing artificial rain to combat the problem.

The method, known as cloud seeding, typically involves releasing flares of silver iodide from an aircraft’s wing to generate more ice particles in a cloud. The process has been used for decades, usually involving a piloted aircraft.

Cloud seeding also is often used in Indonesia to put out forest fires during the dry season.

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On Wednesday, a report by South Korean news outlet NK Economy said that scientists at North Korea’s Kim Il Sung University have been developing such artificial rainfall for years to fight drought.

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Researchers at North Korea’s Kim Il Sung University have reportedly been developing artificial rainfall by using cloud seeding for years in order to fight drought there. (iStock)

According to United Press International, researchers at the university have worked since November 2017 on artificial rainfall experiments.

In May 2017, state media outlet Arirang-Meari claimed North Korea had developed rain-inducing “cloud seeding” rockets. The North Korean-monitoring website NK News said at the time rockets and artillery loaded with chemicals such as silver iodide or dry ice would be fired into clouds to induce rain.

University officials claimed last week that chemicals to change the amount of precipitation falling from clouds have been “self-developed” in North Korea over the course of two and a half years. According to UPI, the chemicals underwent “several outdoor tests, on different clouds.”

“Artificial rainfall technology can alter adverse weather conditions to prevent drought and hail damage, secure water resources for electricity generation and clear up environmental pollution to contribute to the country’s economic development and people’s livelihoods,” the university said.

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Last year, the Hermit Kingdom said it suffered its worst drought in nearly four decades with only 2.1 inches of rain falling in the first five months of 2019. North Korea suffered a devastating famine in the mid-1990s that is estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands.

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The threat of drought hangs heavy in North Korea, where outsiders note there is a dangerous shortage of food.  (Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art In All Of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)

The threat of drought hangs over a country that is dangerously short on food.

Last year, the United Nations food agencies said 10 million people in North Korea, about 40 percent of the population, were facing “severe food shortages” after one of the country’s worst harvests in a decade.

But whether North Korea is successful at cloud seeding remains unknown.

North Korea exerts extremely tight control over information about its programs and leadership, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to find out what’s going on at senior levels.

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There are also mixed results for cloud seeding.

Last year, South Korea attempted to artificially make rain to fight air pollution, using an aircraft to fire 24 shots of silver iodide into clouds over the Yellow Sea. After the seeding, a cloud formation as confirmed and here was rain on some islands in the Yellow Sea, but no rain over inland areas, the Yonhap News Agency reported at the time.

A Jan. 25, 2019, experiment attempted to seed clouds to help reduce fine dust in the atmosphere.

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“There was almost no observation of significant precipitation in the experiment, which made it impossible to gauge the effect of dropping fine dust concentrations,” the Korea Meteorological Administration and the Ministry of Environment said in a release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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No indication Kim Jong Un had surgery during absence, South Korean official says

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As speculation still lingers over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after he reappeared publicly on Saturday for the first time in 20 days, an official in South Korea says it doesn’t appear the dictator had any medical procedure.

Video released by North Korea showed a smiling Kim moving around during the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, with some observers still raising questions on whether he looked a bit stiff as he walked around the facility.

A South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that “our government believes” there was no indication that a medical procedure occurred on the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, who is believed to be 36, despite speculation he may have had a heart procedure.

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North Korea still hasn’t explained Kim’s absence, including why he missed an April 15 commemoration that celebrated the 108th birthday of his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. Unverified reports then emerged about a possible illness.

Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea, and he hadn’t missed the April 15 event, one of the year’s most important for the North, since assuming power after his father Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The Hermit Kingdom leader’s health is of crucial importance because of worries that a serious illness or death could cause instability in the impoverished, nuclear-armed country.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, cuts a tape, watched by his sister Kim Yo Jong, during his visit to a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea exerts extremely tight control over information about its leadership, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to find out what’s going on at senior levels. But the South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that the images released of Kim at the plant “are authentic and a ‘proof of life.'”

The South Korean government has insisted since Kim was missing that he was “alive and well,” telling Fox News last Sunday that the dictator was staying in the Wonsan area since April 13 with “no suspicious movements” having been detected.

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This Tuesday, April 21, 2020, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows an overview of the Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Satellite photos afterward echoed South Korean government intelligence that Kim was staying outside of the capital, Pyongyang.

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While he has ruled with an iron fist, the North Korean leader has had health issues in the past. In 2014, he vanished from the public eye for nearly six weeks before reappearing with a cane and using an electric cart. South Korea’s spy agency said days later that he had a cyst removed from his ankle.

The North Korea-provided footage on Saturday showed Kim riding an electric cart similar to the one he used in 2014 when he was reported to have the ankle injury.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim hasn’t publicly anointed his successor, and rumors about his health triggered worries about the North’s political stability and its nuclear program.

In 2018, Kim entered talks with President Donald Trump on the fate of his nuclear arsenal, but their diplomacy has been deadlocked in recent months. Trump tweeted Saturday that “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!”

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On Sunday, North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border, the first such incident since the rivals took unprecedented steps to lower front-line animosities.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the border zone. South Korea responded with a total of 20 rounds of warning shots on two occasions before issuing a warning broadcast, it said.

South Korea suffered no casualties, the military said. Defense officials said it’s unlikely for North Korea to have any casualties either as the South Korean warning shots were fired at uninhabited North Korean territory. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency hasn’t reported the incident.

The South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that officials believe “the firing (by the North Koreans) was not intentional or ‘in anger.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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No indication Kim Jong Un had surgery during absence, South Korean official says

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As speculation still lingers over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after he reappeared publicly on Saturday for the first time in 20 days, an official in South Korea says it doesn’t appear the dictator had any medical procedure.

Video released by North Korea showed a smiling Kim moving around during the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, with some observers still raising questions on whether he looked a bit stiff as he walked around the facility.

A South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that “our government believes” there was no indication that a medical procedure occurred on the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, who is believed to be 36, despite speculation he may have had a heart procedure.

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North Korea still hasn’t explained Kim’s absence, including why he missed an April 15 commemoration that celebrated the 108th birthday of his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. Unverified reports then emerged about a possible illness.

Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea, and he hadn’t missed the April 15 event, one of the year’s most important for the North, since assuming power after his father Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The Hermit Kingdom leader’s health is of crucial importance because of worries that a serious illness or death could cause instability in the impoverished, nuclear-armed country.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, cuts a tape, watched by his sister Kim Yo Jong, during his visit to a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea exerts extremely tight control over information about its leadership, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to find out what’s going on at senior levels. But the South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that the images released of Kim at the plant “are authentic and a ‘proof of life.'”

The South Korean government has insisted since Kim was missing that he was “alive and well,” telling Fox News last Sunday that the dictator was staying in the Wonsan area since April 13 with “no suspicious movements” having been detected.

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This Tuesday, April 21, 2020, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows an overview of the Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Satellite photos afterward echoed South Korean government intelligence that Kim was staying outside of the capital, Pyongyang.

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While he has ruled with an iron fist, the North Korean leader has had health issues in the past. In 2014, he vanished from the public eye for nearly six weeks before reappearing with a cane and using an electric cart. South Korea’s spy agency said days later that he had a cyst removed from his ankle.

The North Korea-provided footage on Saturday showed Kim riding an electric cart similar to the one he used in 2014 when he was reported to have the ankle injury.

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In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim hasn’t publicly anointed his successor, and rumors about his health triggered worries about the North’s political stability and its nuclear program.

In 2018, Kim entered talks with President Donald Trump on the fate of his nuclear arsenal, but their diplomacy has been deadlocked in recent months. Trump tweeted Saturday that “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!”

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On Sunday, North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border, the first such incident since the rivals took unprecedented steps to lower front-line animosities.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the border zone. South Korea responded with a total of 20 rounds of warning shots on two occasions before issuing a warning broadcast, it said.

South Korea suffered no casualties, the military said. Defense officials said it’s unlikely for North Korea to have any casualties either as the South Korean warning shots were fired at uninhabited North Korean territory. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency hasn’t reported the incident.

The South Korean government official told Fox News on Sunday that officials believe “the firing (by the North Koreans) was not intentional or ‘in anger.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kim Jong Un may be at North Korea resort compound after satellite images spot luxury boats

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Recent satellite photos indicate that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un might actually be at a luxury coastal resort on the Hermit Kingdom’s northeast coast — despite worldwide speculation about his health.

Since Kim, last seen on April 11, missed an April 15 commemoration that celebrated the 108th birthday of his late grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, unverified reports have emerged about a possible illness.

A key aide to the president of South Korea insisted on Sunday that Kim, who is believed to be 36, was “alive and well.”

“He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13,” Chung-in Moon, foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told Fox News. “No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”

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On Tuesday, the North Korean-monitoring website NK Pro reported that recent commercial satellite imagery showed leisure boats often used by Kim near his exclusive villa in Wonsan.

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This April 21 satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows an overview of Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

The Wonsan compound features guest villas, a private beach, basketball court, a covered yacht berth, shooting range and private train station.

The North Korean dictator is believed to have a multimillion-dollar yacht. It was spotted in the background of photos released by state media in 2013.

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Kim Jong-un is seen inspecting the fishery station at Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast in thie 2013 photo, with a luxury yacht seen in the background. (KCNA via Reuters)

The NK News website at the time said the yacht was the 95-foot Princess 95MY. The vessel, which has four double berths, three with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, and a dining table large enough to seat eight, was valued around $7 million in 2013, the South China Morning Post reported.

News about the leisure boats came after satellite photos released Saturday by 38 North, a Washington-based website specializing in North Korea studies, showed increased activity in the resort town of Wonsan in April.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s train has been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing his Wonsan compound since at least April 21, the website 38 North said Saturday. (Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North, Pleiades©CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS via AP)

Kim’s train has been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing the Wonsan compound since at least April 21, 38 North said Saturday, citing an analysis of recent satellite photos of the area.

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Officials in South Korea said earlier this week Kim may be staying in the seaside town because of the coronavirus pandemic and not because he is ill.

Kim sought to develop tourism in the Wonsan area to beef up the country’s economy, crippled under international sanctions. It is one of Kim’s key pet construction projects.

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This April 15 satellite image provided by Airbus Defence & Space and annotated by 38 North shows overview of Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. Recent satellite photos show a train probably belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted. (Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North, Pleiades©CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS via AP)

Last year, an airstrip was bulldozed at the dictator’s luxury complex to build a horse riding track.

Some experts believe that Wonsan may actually be Kim’s birthplace due to the early years he spent at his family’s palace there, according to Reuters.

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Michael Madden, a North Korea leadership expert at Stimson Center, told the news agency that Kim treats Wonsan in the same way President Trump regards Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

“It’s one of his favorite houses,” Madden told Reuters.

Madden said that Kim is believed to have about 13 compounds, but likes Wonsan because the dictator can easily travel from there to other areas along the coast, or quickly return to Pyongyang in his private train.

Kim’s health is of crucial importance because of worries that a serious illness or death could cause instability in the impoverished, nuclear-armed country.

North Korea exerts extremely tight control over information about its leadership, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to know what’s going on at senior levels.

An intelligence source told Fox News Monday there have been suspicions that Kim has been unwell since April 15.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the U.S. mission of denuclearization in North Korea will remain the same no matter who leads the regime

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In this April 11 file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

“I don’t have anything to add to the status of Chairman Kim,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday while noting that “we did have the opportunity to interact with a number of North Korean officials,” including Kim’s sister and “others.”

“Our mission remains the same regardless of leadership,” Pompeo continued, noting that the U.S. was working toward “full denuclearization” on the Korean peninsula.

Fox News’ Greg Palkot, Brooke Singman, Nick Kalman, and Gillian Turner contributed to this report.

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Iran’s military satellite a ‘tumbling webcam in space,’ Space Force commander says

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The first satellite launched into space by Iran last week that revealed the country’s secret military space program is nothing but “a tumbling webcam in space,” the head of the U.S military’s newest service said Saturday.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday it put up a “Noor,” or “Light,” satellite into a low orbit circling the Earth after using a mobile launcher at a new launch site.

U.S. Space Force commander Gen. Jay Raymond gave his military assessment on Twitter late Saturday afternoon of the satellite.

“Iran states it has imaging capabilities—actually, it’s a tumbling webcam in space,” he tweeted.

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The space general said the satellite is “unlikely” giving Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) any meaningful intelligence.

The paramilitary force said it used a “Qased,” or “Messenger,” satellite carrier to put the device into space, a previously unheard-of system. It described the system as using both liquid and solid fuel.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday it put the Islamic Republic’s first military satellite into orbit, dramatically unveiling what experts described as a secret space program with a surprise launch that came amid wider tensions with the United States. (Sepahnews via AP)

Senior U.S. officials have long warned the same technology used to put a satellite into space is also used to make long-range missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

While Iran isn’t known to have the know-how to miniaturize a nuclear weapon for a ballistic missile, any advances toward an intercontinental ballistic missile would put Europe and potentially the U.S. in range. Iran long has said it limits its ballistic missiles’ range to 1,240 miles under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s orders, which puts the Mideast but not the West in its reach.

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In this photo released Wednesday, April 22, 2020, by Sepahnews, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from an undisclosed site believed to be in Iran’s Semnan province. (Sepahnews via AP)

“Their secret space program advances technologies used in nuclear weapons delivery systems,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned in a tweet Saturday.

A U.N. resolution tied to the landmark nuclear agreement says that Iran is “called upon” not to launch ballistic missiles which could be “DESIGNED to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

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Critics have said the language is watered down from a previous U.N. resolution stating Iran “shall not” conduct such tests. Iran’s foreign minister appeared to exploit this loophole on Twitter Friday.

The arms embargo on Iran expires in fewer than six months, Pompeo said last Saturday.

The launch on Wednesday coincided with the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Guard by Iran’s late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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In this image taken from video, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from an undisclosed site believed to be in Iran’s Semnan province Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (IRIB via AP)

An image of the rocket that carried the satellite showed it bore a Quranic verse typically recited when going on a journey, as well as a drawing of the Earth with the word Allah in Farsi wrapped around it.

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In this image taken from video, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from an undisclosed site believed to be in Iran’s Semnan province Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (IRIB via AP)

“Today, the world’s powerful armies do not have a comprehensive defense plan without being in space, and achieving this superior technology that takes us into space and expands the realm of our abilities is a strategic achievement,” said Gen. Hossein Salami, the head of the Guard.

The Guard, which operates its own military infrastructure parallel to Iran’s regular armed forces, is a hard-line force answering only to Khamenei. Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

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In the wake of the launch, President Trump tweeted he told the U.S. Navy “to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” both rising energy prices and renewing the risk of conflict that has simmered since an attack at the U.S. Embassy compound in Iraq that U.S. officials blamed on Iran.

In response, the U.S. carried out a strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran responded days later by launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops.

Even as tensions appear to be growing, about 2,500 paratroopers from the famed 82nd Airborne Division are returning home to Fort Bragg from the Middle East over the “next several weeks,” according to Maj. Gen. James Mingus

The Immediate Response Force deployed soon after a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on New Year’s Eve blamed on Iranian-backed proxy forces.

About 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne’s 1st Brigade returned home in late February. The rest of the brigade will be joining them soon.

The soldiers will quarantine for 14 days upon their return to their base in North Carolina in keeping with CDC protocols.

“These Paratroopers executed the most significant rapid deployment of a combat force in more than 30 years,” Mingus said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kim Jong Un’s train spotted on satellite images amid rumors of North Korean dictator’s ill health

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The signature train belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted on satellite images parked at a station on the nation’s eastern coast since last week, according to a U.S. monitor, as questions swirl over the dictator’s health.

Since Kim missed an April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, unverified reports have emerged about his health.

On Sunday, a key aide to the president of South Korea insisted Kim, who is believed to be 36, was “alive and well.”

“Our government position is firm,” Chung-in Moon, foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told Fox News. “Kim Jong Un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected.”

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Satellite photos released on Saturday echo South Korean government intelligence that Kim is staying outside of the capital, Pyongyang. The photos released by 38 North, a Washington-based website specializing in North Korea studies, show that activity has increased in the resort town of Wonsan in April.

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This Tuesday, April 21, 2020, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows an overview of the Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Kim Jong Un’s train has been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing his Wonsan compound since at least April 21, the website 38 North said Saturday, citing an analysis of recent satellite photos of the area.

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The railway station in Wonson is reserved for use by the Kim family.

The website said the approximately 820-foot-long train wasn’t present on April 15, but was present on both April 21 and 23.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s train has been parked at the Leadership Railway Station servicing his Wonsan compound since at least April 21, the website 38 North said Saturday. (2020 Planet Labs Inc. via AP )

“The train’s presence does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health, but it does lend weight to reports that Kim is staying at an elite area on the country’s eastern coast,” the group said.

The photos indicate the train arrived before April 21 and was still present on April 23, when it appeared to be repositioned for departure.

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This Tuesday, April 21, 2020, satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows the Leadership Railway Station in Wonsan, North Korea. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

“However, there was no indication when that departure might take place,” the group said.

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North Korea’s dictator has taken his distinct armored green train to recent summits in Russia and Vietnam.

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This Wednesday, April 15, 2020, satellite image provided by Airbus Defence & Space and annotated by 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, shows an overview of the Wonsan complex in Wonsan, North Korea. Recent satellite photos show a train probably belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been spotted. (Airbus Defence & Space and 38 North, Pleiades©CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS via AP)

Kim’s preferred travel method is by train — like his late father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung. Kim’s father loathed flying and made all his trips abroad, almost all to China, by rail.

The train cars are reportedly bulletproof, making them heavier than normal carriages — and much slower when traveling, according to a 2009 report by Chosun Ilbo. It travels an average speed of 37 mph.

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In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, photo provided on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a train before leaving Pyongyang Station, North Korea, for Vietnam.  (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The train, originally owned by Kim’s father, appears to provide a lot of comfort for the North Korean leaders. Kim reportedly is known for traveling with a big entourage — possibly more than 200 people — and lots of supplies.

His train, unmistakable with its dark green paint job and yellow piping, is perfect for that.

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Kim Jong Un is known to travel on his armored train. (AP)

Its 90 carriages are said to contain bedrooms, conference rooms and a chamber equipped with satellite phones and flat-screen televisions, as well as cases of Bordeaux and Beaujolais wine flown from Paris, Konstantin Pulikovsky, a Russian official who accompanied Kim Jong ll on a three-week trip to Moscow in 2001, said in an account published in 2002.

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In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, photo, a train similar to ones seen during previous visits to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves Dandong Station in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province. (AP)

Passengers could also reportedly feast on live lobster and pork barbecue.

For security reasons, officials reportedly make sure to collect Kim’s bodily waste and even his cigarette butts to prevent foreign intelligence agencies from collecting and analyzing them for clues into the leader’s health.

One source in South Korea told Fox News on Sunday the 38 North report on the train was “significant,” and there have been other sightings of him at the coastal resort.

Kim could be recuperating in Wonson from an operation. He has reportedly been sending messages to various officials, according to state media.

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The South Korean source told Fox News the regime wouldn’t put on that charade if it was getting ready to announce Kim’s death.

He also told downplayed reports that Kim was in a “vegetative state,” saying if any Chinese medical experts had any stature, they would not blow Beijing’s cover.

“It was just too matter-of-fact,” the source told Fox News on Sunday.

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In this March 2, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from his train as he arrives at the railway station in Dong Dang, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, File)

Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea, and he hadn’t missed the April 15 event, one of the year’s most important for the North, since assuming power after his father Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011.

Kim’s health is of crucial importance because of worries that a serious illness or death could cause instability in the impoverished, nuclear-armed country.

North Korea exerts extremely tight control over information about its leadership, making it virtually impossible for outsiders to find out what’s going on at senior levels. When Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, for instance, few outsiders knew it until it was reported by North Korea’s state media two days later.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News on Saturday there is no definitive intelligence suggesting that Kim Jong Un is dead and that officials are watching the situation carefully.

While he has ruled with an iron fist, the North Korean leader has had health issues. In 2014, he vanished from the public eye for nearly six weeks before reappearing with a cane. South Korea’s spy agency said days later that he had a cyst removed from his ankle.

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Foreigners who were in proximity to Kim during the last Trump-Kim Summit in 2019 noted unusually heavy breathing for someone in his mid-30s.

Kim also appeared winded while walking slowly, a likely sign of the underlying heart condition that’s plagued him for years, an intelligence source told Fox News at the time.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson — who witnessed President Trump become the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea and shake hands with Kim in the Demilitarized Zone last summer — described Kim as “wheezing like an emphysema patient, not a healthy guy.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Gillian Turner, Katherine Lam, Michael Ruiz, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran military chief warns its forces will ‘destroy’ US warships if threatened in Persian Gulf

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The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps vowed Thursday that his troops will “destroy any American terrorist force” that threatens the country’s ships in the Persian Gulf.

The inflammatory comments from Major General Hossein Salami on Iranian state TV come a day after President Trump warned the Islamic Republic in a tweet that he has “instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”

Trump was speaking in response to an incident last week in the Persian Gulf’s international waters, in which Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds.

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami is threatening to destroy American ships in the Persian Gulf.  (AFP via Getty)

“I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens security of Iran’s military or non-military ships,” Salami declared Thursday, according to Reuters. “Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”

Salami’s sentiment was echoed Thursday by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who tweeted himself that Trump should focus on treating positive coronavirus cases in the U.S. military rather than Iran’s naval actions.

“The US military is hit by over 5000 #covid19 infections. @realdonaldtrump should attend to their needs, not engage in threats cheered on by Saddam’s terrorists,” Zarif tweeted. “Also, US forces have no business 7,000 miles away from home, provoking our sailors off our OWN Persian Gulf shores.”

Zarif was referring to Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president who before being overthrown by the United States had gone to war with Iran. The tweet was accompanied by a map that noted the U.S. is thousands of miles away from the Persian Gulf, whereas the Persian Gulf makes up most of Iran’s shoreline.

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But the Persian Gulf also includes large amounts of international waters and is an important trade route that the United States has made an effort to protect — particularly the Strait of Hormuz, which is the gateway to the Persian Gulf. Iran last summer seized a foreign oil tanker in the strait and engaged in other actions that led the U.S. to attempt to form an international coalition to protect the waterway from Iranian aggression.

In the recent encounter that angered Trump, 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels made aggressive maneuvers near American ships, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui’s, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un missing at ‘Day of the Sun’ honors as nation insists no coronavirus cases

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Senior officials in North Korea paid tribute to the remote kingdom’s founder Kim Il Sung Wednesday, but the apparent absence of current dictator Kim Jong Un raised questions about whether coronavirus played a part.

The Hermit Kingdom’s most important holiday is April 15, the birthday of the country’s first dictator, known as the “Day of the Sun.” It’s a day that normally includes an immense military parade and synchronized public performances, sometimes involving tens of thousands.

But on Thursday, the Korean Central News Agency said only that a group of senior government, party and military officials paid tribute at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun for Kim Il Sung’s 108th birthday.

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There was no mention in North Korean state media if current ruler Kim Jong Un visited the mausoleum where the bodies of his grandfather and father, Kim Jong-il, are located. State media only said that floral baskets were “laid at the statues of the great leaders and mosaics picturing their smiling images.”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not mentioned as taking part in ceremonies during the Hermit Kingdom’s biggest holiday known as “Day of the Sun.” (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Kim hasn’t skipped visiting the mausoleum during the holiday since inheriting power in 2011. State media typically reports on visits to the site the same day or following morning.

The official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling party, the Rodong Sinmun, also did not show him attending but a floral basket was draped in a banner with his name.

Some North Korean observers theorized that Kim may have skipped the visit over concerns about COVID-19. The Hermit Kingdom has repeatedly said there hasn’t been a single case on its soil, but has implemented social distancing measures.

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In late March, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported that more than 100 North Korean soldiers who were stationed at the border with China died from the virus. The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo also claimed that Kim was spending “considerable time” away from the capital of Pyongyang due to the virus.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s apparent absence from ceremonies on the country’s most important holiday is raising questions if its about coronavirus concerns or a shift in how he wants to shape his legacy. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

But an official in South Korea’s unification ministry told Yonhap that Kim had visited the mausoleum in mid-February for the birthday of his father when the coronavirus pandemic was accelerating in the region.

“It would be very unusual if Kim proves not to visit there,” the official said Thursday on condition of anonymity. “There could be various analyses, including the easiest connection with COVID-19, but we need more time for our own.”

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North Korea released images in April of Kim supervising a motor drill and at a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. It remains unclear when the photos were taken.

Others think skipping the ceremonies on Wednesday had more to do with the current dictator trying to distance himself from his family and highlight his own legacy.

“Kim Jong Un wants to break away from the past, as well as the North’s traditional cult of personality,” Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector and researcher in Seoul, told Agence France-Presse.

“He wants to come across and brand himself as a leader who is modern and competent, rather than a descendant of his predecessors,” he told the news agency. “And he wants to gradually tone down the idolization of the two late leaders as it goes against his agenda to brand the North as a ‘normal state.'”

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Another North Korean observer noted that the country had an “unusually low-key commemoration” for the national holiday this year.

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North Korea has claimed no coronavirus infections on its soil, but experts have cast doubt at that assertion. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

“This could be part of North Korea’s ongoing propaganda effort to distance Kim Jong Un from the legacies of his grandfather and his father, a trend detected since the latter half of last year, the North’s handling of the party founding anniversary in October 2019 being one example,” Minyoung Lee, an expert in North Korean media and leadership, told NK News.

Celebrations in North Korea were noticeably quieter this year, with no large-scale events. A major marathon event in Pyongyang to mark the holiday was also canceled, according to Yonhap.

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Foreign experts have challenged the claim that there is not one single coronavirus infection on North Korean soil.

“It’s impossible for North Korea not to have a single case of coronavirus,” Jung H. Pak, a former CIA analyst on North Korea, previously told Fox News.

As of Thursday morning, there were at least 2,076,015 positive cases of COVID-19 and at least 138,008 deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty, Katherine Lam, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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