Investigation Reveals How Kim Jong-un Got His Armored Mercedes-Benzes

A comprehensive investigation by The New York Times has revealed how North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un gets his armored Mercedes-Benzes.

In late April, the Associated Press reached out to Daimler regarding the dictator’s various S-Classes after they were spotted at a number of important meetings. The German car manufacturer revealed that it had no idea how Kim Jong-un procured the cars as the sales of luxury goods to North Korea is banned under U.N. sanctions. Thanks to The New York Times, we now know how the cars got to North Korea.

Also Read: Daimler Doesn’t Know How Kim Jong Un Got His Armored Mercedes Limos

The investigation started at a port in Rotterdam, Netherlands where a pair of bulletproof Mercedes-Benz armored cars were loaded onto a ship. After 41 days at sea, the cars arrived in China and were then shipped to Japan on a separate ship before once again being moved to another ship and sent to South Korea.

At a South Korean port, the ship carrying the cars met up with a Russian ghost ship and were transferred over. This Russian ship turned off its mandatory tracking devices and went missing until it appeared in Vladivostok, Russia. On the same day the cars arrived in Russia, a pair of transport planes were flown out from North Korea to reportedly pick the cars up in Vladivostok.

What concerns people most about this revelation is not the fact that North Korea is using a complicated shipping network to import Mercedes-Benzes but that it is likely using similar means to import fuel sources and technologies it needs for its weapons program.

 

  • kachuks

    China and Russia, no really? I’m surprised Iran isn’t in the mix somehow.

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      for now russia is the good guys…were the bad guys..sad but its the truth

      • LJ

        Huh?

      • Netsphere

        US has always been the bad guys, because they tend to push their agenda on the rest of the world. the reality of it is that there are no good guys, everyone stand for themselves.

        • Galaxium

          This is such a bad hot take lmao

          Virtually the entirety of the world have placed sanctions on North Korea. This is a country that routinely executes its people for the pettiest offenses.

          • Netsphere

            dude, politics on car site, change gears to another topic.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    obama and hilary are pissed

  • LJ

    This is the same method I use to get my video games to the house without the wife knowing.

  • wait a minute

    What would be the difference if they went Europe- Russia- N.Korea instead of Rotterdam, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, N Korea. If the authorities know which route they took, surely that means customs would know too.

  • Enter Ranting

    OK, that’s nice, but who ordered the Mercedes for that fat weirdo? They didn’t just load themselves onto a cargo ship.

  • FlameWater

    How do they even repair and maintain such a complicated vehicle?

  • Porkopolis

    NYT has to “investigate” something so obvious as this? They’re wrong anyway, CIA acquired the cars for the Norks.

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