Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking North Korean officials showed up to Kim’s year-end meeting in swanky Mercedes S-class cars, even though luxury goods are banned in the country due to UN sanctions, according to Yonhap. The meeting, led by Kim Jong Un, was all about reviewing state policies for the coming year. Interestingly, despite the international sanctions, party officials were spotted getting out of fancy eighth-generation S-class limos and other high-end cars.
Kim Jong Un is known for his love of luxury cars and has been seen cruising in different Mercedes-Maybach S-class rides, including a limo. Back in 2020, he was even seen in an SUV believed to be a Lexus LX 570, hinting that he owns luxurious vehicles, despite what the UN says.
In another story reported by South China Morning Post, Japanese police stopped an attempt to smuggle a $70,000 Lexus sedan. This happened when North Korea called back its ambassador to Switzerland during an investigation into ivory trafficking. The car was seized in a raid on a used car showroom in Chiba prefecture on December 7.
During the meeting, Kim Jong Un talked about 2023 being a “year of great turn and great change” in both name and reality. He mentioned North Korea’s achievements, like test-firing the advanced intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-18 (the third of its kind this year) and launching Pyongyang’s first military spy satellite into orbit, as reported by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).