MERCEDES bosses have “no idea” how Kim Jong-un dodged UN sanctions to get his hands on two of its £1.3million luxury stretch limos, the company said yesterday.
Kim, who last night left the Russian city of Vladivostok following two days of nuclear talks with Vladimir Putin, had been ferried in a pair of armoured stretch motors during his visit.
Kim Jong-un stepping out of one of his £1.3million Mercedes limos in Vladivostok, Russia, yesterday[/caption]
Mercedes’ parent company Daimler admitted it has ‘no idea’ how Kim came to own the two luxury cars[/caption]
German car maker Daimler, which owns the Mercedes brand, said it has no dealings with North Korea – and admitted it is baffled as to how the tubby tyrant obtained the limousines.
The cars were also used both of Kim’s earlier summits with President Donald Trump – Vietnam in February and in Singapore last June.
UN officials banned the sale of luxury goods, including limousines, to North Korea as part of sanctions intended to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.
But had a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and a Mercedes Maybach S62 waiting for him at Vladivostok station when he arrived on his armoured train on Wednesday.
We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea
Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert said on Friday: “We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea.
“For Daimler, the correct export of products in conformance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible entrepreneurial activity.”
Daimler, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the world’s biggest and more prestigious car companies.
It is one of the biggest providers of high-end passenger cars and the world’s largest producer of trucks above 6 tons.
On its home page, the multinational giant boasts of selling vehicles and services in nearly every country in the world.
And it brags of having production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
But North Korea isn’t one of its official customers.
Ms Mockert added: “Our company has had no business connections with North Korea for far more than 15 years now and strictly complies with EU and US embargoes.
“To prevent deliveries to North Korea and to any of its embassies worldwide, Daimler has implemented a comprehensive export control process.
“Sales of vehicles by third parties, especially of used vehicles, are beyond our control and responsibility.”
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There are fears that Kim’s ability to procure the limos is a prime example of how porous the international sanctions can be.
According to Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz Pullman limousines offer their passengers “a superbly appointed setting for discreet meetings.”
The version used by Kim is believed to be equipped with all a range of communications and entertainment systems.
The armoured limos are pictured driving through Vladivostok during Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia this week[/caption]
Kim Jong-un in a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard – a luxury car banned under UN sanctions[/caption]
Kim sits in his personalised Mercedes limo. It’s unclear how he came into possession of the luxury car[/caption]
Kim struck a distinct ‘gangster’ look during his Russia visit[/caption]
Kim, left, met with Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss efforts to reduce his nuclear arsenal[/caption]
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