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Putin Gives Kim Jong Un A Luxury Gift

via Global News
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Vladimir Putin gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a luxury Russian Aurus limousine, potentially violating a U.N. resolution banning luxury item supply to North Korea.

The limousine was delivered by Russia in February, following Kim’s interest in the car during a previous meeting.

“When the head of the DPRK (North Korea) was at the Vostochny cosmodrome, he looked at this car, Putin showed it to him personally, and like many people, Kim liked this car,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“So this decision was made,” Peskov said. “North Korea is our neighbor, our close neighbor, and we intend, and will continue, to develop our relations with all neighbors, including North Korea.”

The gift symbolizes the close relationship between the two leaders.

Kim’s sister “courteously conveyed Kim Jong Un’s thanks to Putin to the Russian side, saying that the gift serves as a clear demonstration of the special personal relations between the top leaders,” North Korea’s KCNA news agency stated.

North Korea and Russia have increased cooperation, drawing concern from the U.S. and South Korea regarding sanctions compliance and military exchanges.

“Security Council sanctions on North Korea prohibit directly or indirectly supplying, selling or moving all transportation vehicles internationally categorized as HS Code 86 through to 89 regardless of their origin to North Korea including luxury cars,” ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk stated.

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