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/ Source: Associated Press
The German automaker Daimler, which manufactures North Korean leader Kim Jong Un armored limousines, says he has no idea where he brought her and did not do business with the North.
Kim raised his eyebrows with Daimler. Branded limousines at several high-profile summits, including its meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his two previous summits with President Donald Trump.
The sale of luxury goods, including limousines, is prohibited under the intended UN sanctions to put pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
Nevertheless, Kim waited in Vladivostok for two sedans ̵
"We have absolutely no idea how these vehicles were delivered to North Korea," said Daimler spokeswoman Silke Said Mockert. "For Daimler, the correct export of legally compliant products is a fundamental principle of responsible corporate behavior."
The Stuttgart-based Daimler is one of the largest and most renowned automobile companies in the world. It is one of the largest suppliers of quality passenger cars and the world's largest manufacturer of trucks over six tonnes. However, North Korea is not one of its official customers.
"Our company has had no business relations with North Korea for more than 15 years and strictly adheres to the embargoes of E.U. and the US," she said. "In order to prevent supplies to North Korea and its global messages, Daimler has introduced a comprehensive export control process, and the sale of third-party vehicles, particularly second-hand vehicles, is beyond our control and responsibility."
Kim's ability to get the limousines is a good example of how pervasive international sanctions are.
According to Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz Pullman sedans "offer their passengers an excellently equipped framework for discreet meetings."
The version used By Kim is believed to be equipped with all the major communication and entertainment systems, so that according to a company description of the car, the inmates "can stay fully in touch with the rest of the world while enjoying the luxury and comfort own comfort enjoy a very special place in it. "