German automaker Daimler said it has no idea how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acquired his luxury sedans because he has no business relationship with the retired nation and UN sanctions prevent the sale of luxury goods to the North.
Kim used stretch limousines from Daimler at his two summit meetings with President Trump and at his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim's presence on Daimler sedans puzzled corporate officials citing sanctions against North Korea to pressure the country to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
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] "We have absolutely no idea how these vehicles were delivered to North Korea," said Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert in a written response to an Associated Press report on Wednesday over the limousines. "For Daimler, the correct export of products in accordance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible business conduct."
In addition to limousines, Kim allegedly used a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and a Mercedes Maybach S62 for his two summits with Trump, both of whom are banned under the sanctions. During the talks between the two leaders, Kim wanted to abolish the ban on the sale of luxury goods to his country.
Trump ended with this request and Kim's other demands, and the talks failed.
Daimler is one of the largest suppliers of high-end cars in the world. It sells vehicles around the world, but according to its website, North Korea is not one of its official customers.
"Our company has no business relations with North Korea for more than 15 years and strictly adheres to E.U. and US embargoes, "said Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert. "To prevent deliveries to North Korea and its embassies worldwide, Daimler has introduced a comprehensive export control process. The sale of vehicles by third parties, especially used vehicles, is beyond our control and responsibility. "
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Meetings," says Daimler.
It's equipped with all major communication and entertainment systems, allowing inmates to be in touch with the rest of the world while enjoying the luxury and comfort of their very special place. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.