North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reported to own a Mercedes-Maybach S600

Thomas Reed, Feb. 11, 2019, 9:18 a.m.

U.S. website NK News reported Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un owns a Mercedes-Maybach S600 luxury sedan even though international sanctions ban the export of luxury goods to his country.

The car was identified as Kim was being driven to a ceremony congratulating a delegation of North Korean musicians and performers after a visit to China.

"Close-up pictures of the rear-door bodywork showed layering inconsistent with the standard edition of the vehicle, available since February 2015, suggesting Kim may have opted for the exclusive and heavily-armored 'Guard' model," the website added.

A normal Maybach already costs around US$420,000, but the price tag is much higher for armored versions. NK News said this is a "blatant violation of [UN Security Council] sanctions not only by North Korea but also almost certainly by Mercedes."

Meanwhile, Kim invited top military officials to Workers Party headquarters on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the North Korean People's Army by watching a musical performance. His wife Ri Sol-ju was also present. 

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