Putin gave Kim a car

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a car from Russian President Vladimir Putin as a gift "for personal use", North Korean media reported. The two countries have forged closer ties since Kim and Putin met in September and pledged to promote exchanges in all areas as their international isolation deepens over Russia's war in Ukraine and North Korea's nuclear weapons development.

The Russian-made car was handed over to Kim's aides on February 18, North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported. Kim's sister "kindly conveyed to the Russian side Kim Jong Un's gratitude to Putin, saying the gift serves as a clear demonstration of the top leaders' special personal relationship," KCNA reported.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea said that it closely monitors the cooperation between Russia and North Korea, and at the same time called on both countries to respect the resolutions of the UN Security Council. CNN.

"Pyongyang's security sanctions prohibit the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to North Korea of ​​all transport vehicles internationally categorized as HS code 86 to 89, regardless of their origin, including luxury cars," ministry spokesman Lim said. So-suk.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian state news agency RIA that the Korean leader received an Aurus car. According to the automaker's website, the car is Russia's first large luxury sedan. It is also Putin's presidential car.

In September, during a visit to the Russian space launch station in the Far East, Kim inspected the Aurus Senat limousine and was invited to sit in the back seat. Kim drove to the station in a Maybach limousine brought on a special train from Pyongyang.

Kim is believed to be an avid car enthusiast and has a large collection of luxury foreign vehicles, which are believed to have been smuggled.

The Maybach and others he has been seen in, including several Mercedes sedans, a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Lexus sport utility vehicle, are luxury goods banned from being exported to North Korea by the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

North Korea is believed to be supplying Russia with artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles for the war against Ukraine. The Kremlin has neither denied nor confirmed that it is using North Korean-made weapons. North Korea rejects accusations that it has shipped weapons to Russia, which would also be a violation of UN sanctions.

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