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Former Italian chef describes luxury yacht of Kim Jong-il

All News 18:24 July 22, 2016

SEOUL, July 22 (Yonhap) -- Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il enjoyed the luxury lifestyle of parties and gourmet food on a yacht which he had kept secret from the outside, a U.S.-based media report said Friday, citing an Italian chef who worked in the reclusive country.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Ermanno Furlanis said the expensive yacht anchored at the North's east coastal city of Wonsan in 1997 had a big swimming pool, three desks for accommodations and a watchtower.

Describing the craft as a floating "pleasure palace," Furlanis told RFA that groups of young women frequently visited the secret retreat.

The chef who worked in the galley of Kim's luxury yacht said the its existence was so secret that the guards physically tried to turn his head away when he spotted it floating offshore.

He said the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who inherited power from the deceased leader in 2011, probably also inherited his father's yacht, adding that the inside of the yacht may now be far more luxurious than before.

The current young leader is also known to be fond of enjoying a luxurious lifestyle, parties and gourmet food. He is also a fan of air travel, unlike his father, who hated flying and would only travel by train.

Furlanis said the yacht's form was rectangular and there were many rooms where people could enjoy their stay. He, moreover, said there was a water slide.

The Italian then said that the pleasure palace is still anchored at Wonsan, with recent satellite pictures showing the craft.

The media outlet then said Kim Jong-il was a big fan of pepperoni and spent thousands flying in ingredients so he could dine in style.

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