A “ghost ship” has washed ashore carrying five skeletons and two disembodied heads believed to be escapees from North Korea .
Police have found the remains of at least seven people in a wooden boat on the coast of an island off Japan.
Coast guard officials confirmed cop made the discovery around 9.30am on Saturday on Sado island near the prefecture of Niigata.
The disembodied heads of two people were found along with five skeletons laying in the stern of the wooden boat.
Coast Guard official Kei Chinen said their cause of death is under investigation.
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The gruesome haul was found in a ship with North Korean writing on the bow – it is believed they may have been escapees fleeing the brutal regime of Kim Jong-un .
Japanese broadcaster NHK said the remains were “partially skeletonised”.
It suggests the victims may have been at sea for a long time.
Cops could not immediately confirm whether the heads belonged to the five bodies or were from two other people.
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Police first spotted the wooden boat on Friday – but had to wait until Saturday to enter it due to the weather.
It is the second time since last month that a wooden boat has washed up on the shores of Sado Island.
North Korean “ghost boats” are a known phenomena along the coast of Japan.
Every year dozens of the derelict boats spookily float into Japanese waters, with some housing the remains of their crew.
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Some of these are believed to be fishing boats who ran into trouble, others are thought to be defectors attempting to flee Kim.
More mysterious corpse ships from North Korea adds to the ongoing fears over the regime.
It is believed Kim may be preparing for another missile test as tensions hot up with the US.
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He has given US President Donald Trump until the end of the year to propose new concessions in talks over his nukes.
And if the White House do not give way, Kim is expected to restart his missile testing program – potentially reigniting the threat of war with the US.
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