So much for sanctions.
North Korea’s controversial leader, Kim Jong-un, has somehow come to possess a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
According to CNN, the Supreme Leader of the strange nation was seen arriving to a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the black sedan which is odd considering the United Nations has prohibited the sale of luxury goods to the North Korean government.
Although that hasn’t stopped Kim before, as he was seen earlier this year being chauffeured in a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Guard armored limousine, which carries a price tag upwards of $1 million. The Phantom in question appears to be the outgoing model, and not one of the new eighth-generation cars that hit the market just this year.
Like most world governments, the North Koreans prefer black sedans. At the funeral of Kim Jong-il, a Lincoln Continental limousine carried the casket of the late “dear leader”. In fact, the North Korean regime allegedly owns a number of Lincolns which are believed to have made their way into the country via Japan in the late ‘70s.
Additionally, Kim's father, Kim Jong-il used personal shoppers to skirt international sanctions by sending them throughout Europe with suitcases full of cash to procure items. It’s possible a similar scheme was employed to obtain the Rolls.
Realistically, the fact that Kim showed up in such an opulent symbol of luxury to a meeting with a US diplomat could be viewed as a big middle finger to the Trump administration which has been staunch in urging the international community to not cooperate with Pyongyang until they ditch their nuclear warheads. It also makes Trump’s purpose-built armored Cadillac look just a bit cheap, doesn’t it?