UN Probes Mercedes That Ferried Moon, Kim Through Pyongyang

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    November 30, 2018 13:27

    The UN Security Council is checking whether a Mercedes-Benz sedan President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rode together in Pyongyang violated sanctions, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.

    The UNSC's sanctions committee on North Korea wants to find out how the luxury car got into the North in the first place, an official told RFA.

    President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wave as they are driven through Pyongyang in this file photo from Sept. 18.

    The open-topped sedan used in the car parade through Pyongyang in September is thought to be a remodeled S600 Pullman Guard worth W1 billion (US$1=W1,121). But the UN banned supply and sales of luxury goods to the North in 2006.

    Since the first batch was not rolled out until 2008, the car's import probably violated the sanctions.

    The committee is also checking whether Kim's gift of 2 tons of pine mushrooms to the South Korean government violated the sanctions. A UNSC resolution adopted in December last year bans direct or indirect sale or transfer of North Korean agricultural products.

    But a Foreign Ministry official here said there was no violation of the spirit of the sanctions. "Basically, the sanctions aim to prevent the North from benefiting from economic gains, and we don’t think that applies to the mushrooms."

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