TOKYO — German automaker Daimler, which makes armoured limousines utilized by North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, says it has no thought the place he acquired them and has no enterprise dealings with the North.
Kim has raised eyebrows through the use of Daimler-branded stretch limousines at a number of very high-profile summits, together with his assembly this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin and each of his earlier summits with President Donald Trump.
The sale of luxurious items, together with limousines, is banned beneath U. N. sanctions supposed to place stress on North Korea to desert its nuclear weapons.
Kim however had two limos ready for him at Vladivostok station — a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and a Mercedes Maybach S62. He’s believed to have additionally used the S600 Pullman Guard for his summits with Trump in Singapore in June final yr and in Hanoi in February.
“Now we have completely no thought how these automobiles had been delivered to North Korea,” Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert stated in a written response to an Related Press report Wednesday on the limousines . “For Daimler, the proper export of merchandise in conformance with the regulation is a basic precept of accountable entrepreneurial exercise.”
Daimler, primarily based in Stuttgart, Germany, is among the world’s greatest and extra prestigious car corporations. It is among the greatest suppliers of high-end passenger automobiles and the world’s largest producer of vehicles above 6 tons.
On its residence web page, the multinational big boasts of promoting automobiles and companies in practically all of the international locations of the world and of getting manufacturing amenities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
North Korea, nonetheless, isn’t one in every of its official clients.
“Our firm has had no enterprise connections with North Korea for way over 15 years now and strictly complies with E.U. and U.S. embargoes,” she stated. “To stop deliveries to North Korea and to any of its embassies worldwide, Daimler has carried out a complete export management course of. Gross sales of automobiles by third events, particularly of used automobiles, are past our management and duty.”
Kim’s skill to acquire the limousines anyway is an efficient instance of how porous the worldwide sanctions are typically.
In line with Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz Pullman limousines supply their passengers “a perfectly appointed setting for discreet conferences.”
The model utilized by Kim is believed to be outfitted with all the important thing communications and leisure methods in order that, based on an organization description of the automotive, its occupants can stay “absolutely in contact with the remainder of the world whereas having fun with the posh and luxury of their very own very particular place in it.”
Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Observe him on Twitter and Instagram: @EricTalmadge