October 23, 2021

Amid economic crash, DPRK tried to import $1 million in Lexus vehicles in 2020

North Korea sought to acquire Lexus SUVs through China despite limited trade during pandemic, PoE report shows

North Korea attempted to acquire multiple high-end Lexus sport utility vehicles worth more than a million dollars in total last year, a forthcoming U.N. report shows, suggesting that DPRK interest in sanctioned luxury cars has not ceased despite recent COVID-19-related economic woes.

A Nanjing-based company was involved in efforts to supply Lexus LX570 SUVs to North Korea — a vehicle type that Kim Jong Un himself previously used — information provided to the U.N. Panel of Experts (PoE) by an unnamed Member State shows.