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Kim Jong Un’s Car Gift from Putin Raises Sanction Concerns

The recent gift of a car to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised eyebrows and concerns regarding potential violations of U.N. sanctions. Despite close ties forged between the two leaders, the gift of a Russian-made luxury sedan could breach sanctions prohibiting the supply of luxury vehicles to North Korea. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has expressed monitoring over the situation, urging compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Aurus car, also used as Putin’s presidential vehicle, adds to Kim’s already extensive collection of foreign luxury cars, which includes Maybachs, Mercedes, Rolls-Royces, and Lexus models. The exchange highlights the complex diplomatic dynamics surrounding North Korea’s international relations, particularly amidst concerns of arms shipments to Russia amid its conflict with Ukraine. Despite denials from both sides, the incident underscores the ongoing challenges in enforcing sanctions and regulating diplomatic exchanges involving North Korea.