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Putin Gifts a Luxurious Car to North Korean Boss Kim Jong Un

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In a surprising diplomatic move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted a luxurious Russian-made car to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The official media reported this gesture as a personal gift for Kim’s use, but it has raised concerns due to potential violations of UN sanctions against North Korea.

The relationship between Russia and North Korea has been growing stronger since Kim and Putin met in September. Both countries faced international isolation—Russia due to its war in Ukraine and North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. The recent gift of the Russian-made car underscores the special bond between the two leaders.

Key Points of Putin Gifting Kim Jong Un:

  • The car, an Aurus, was delivered to Kim’s top aides by the Russian side on Sunday.
  • Kim’s sister conveyed gratitude to Putin, emphasizing the special personal relations between the leaders.
  • The Aurus is Russia’s first full-size luxury sedan and also serves as Putin’s presidential car.
  • During a visit to Russia’s space launch station, Kim inspected the Aurus Senat limousine and even climbed into the back seat.
  • South Korea’s foreign ministry is closely monitoring the cooperation between Russia and North Korea, urging compliance with UN security council resolutions.
  • Kim Jong Un, known for his interest in automobiles, possesses a collection of luxury foreign vehicles, including Maybachs, Mercedes limousines, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, and a Lexus SUV. These fall under the category of luxury goods banned from export to North Korea by UN resolutions.

While the gift showcases the personal rapport between Putin and Kim, it also highlights the delicate balance between diplomacy and international sanctions. As the Aurus graces North Korean roads, the world watches closely, wondering how this luxury car will impact the geopolitical landscape.

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