February 21, 2024

Kim Jong Un appears to import luxury Maybach, Lexus SUVs despite sanctions

Analysis of state media shows vehicle priced at upwards of $175K in North Korean leader’s entourage during recent event

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to be using new luxury Maybach and Lexus SUVs during a visit to the east coast over the weekend, according to NK News analysis of state media, pointing to a likely violation of international sanctions on the import of such vehicles.

Kim arrived at the Ryongsong Machine Complex in Hamhung with a motorcade that included what looks like a Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS 600 and Lexus LX SUV built in the last few years, though Korean Central Television (KCTV) footage of the visit attempted to avoid showing the vehicles directly.