SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s fears of assassination have prompted him to build eight new luxury mansions so that his enemies never know where he is sleeping, according to reports.

A study from North Korea Leadership Watch has published satellite imagery that shows construction work taking place in the VIP zone of central Pyongyang that is known as Kim’s “Forbidden City” where he and other chiefs live.

The tactic is “right out of the book” of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who is famed for sleeping in a different location every night to avoid being assassinated.