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MERCEDES MYSTERY: Luxury Auto Maker Doesn't Know Where Kim Jong Un's Cars Came From

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When it comes to North Korea, clandestine behavior is nothing new, but as Kim Jong Un makes some new friends, we must keep a careful eye on even the most mundane of maneuvers.

The notoriously secretive hermit kingdom has long been on the outside of the global community looking in.  They have their reasons for this, of course, as seen through the overwhelming evidence of their plethora of human rights abuses repeated attempts to skirt international sanctions placed upon them.

To make matters worse, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent weeks – a man whose government has been attempting to meddle in international affairs for decades.

Mercedes Benz’s parent company has now added to suspicions by telling the world that they have no earthly idea where Kim got his luxury automobiles from.

Kim has raised eyebrows by using Daimler-branded stretch limousines at several very high-profile summits, including his meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin and both of his earlier summits with President Donald Trump. Kim’s first trip to Russia came about two months after his second summit with President Donald Trump failed because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North.

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The sale of luxury goods, including limousines, is banned under U. N. sanctions intended to put pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Kim’s two limos were noted upon when he arrived at Vladivostok station — a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and a Mercedes Maybach S62. He is believed to have also used the S600 Pullman Guard for his summits with Trump in Singapore in June last year and in Hanoi in February. The vehicles likely cost more than $1 million each when they were purchased, according to Business Insider.

Company spokespeople were openly bewildered.

“We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea,” Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert said in a written response to an Associated Press report Wednesday on the limousines . “For Daimler, the correct export of products in conformance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible entrepreneurial activity.”

Is this another case of Kim eschewing the rule in international law for his own luxury, or will the historically isolated nation provide an explanation?

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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