North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un used luxury stretch limousines when President Donald Trump visited and in a separate meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The limos were made by German automaker Daimler, yet the company says it does not know how Kim acquired the vehicles, according to Fox News.
“We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea,” Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert told the outlet in response to an Associated Press report on the vehicles. “For Daimler, the correct export of products in conformance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible entrepreneurial activity.”
Kim also apparently used a Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and a Mercedes Maybach S62 for both of his summits with Trump. At the summit, Kim reportedly discussed ending the U.S. ban on selling luxury goods to North Korea. As Fox News reported, Trump denied the request and other demands from Kim.
In another statement to Fox, Mockert said Daimler “has had no business connections with North Korea for far more than 15 years now and strictly complies with EU and US embargoes.”
“To prevent deliveries to North Korea and to any of its embassies worldwide, Daimler has implemented a comprehensive export control process,” she continued. “Sales of vehicles by third parties, especially of used vehicles, are beyond our control and responsibility.”
The most recent use of the limousines was on Thursday, when Putin met with Kim in Russia, Fox News reported.
“We welcome your efforts to develop an inter-Korean dialogue and normalize North Korea’s relations with the United States,” Putin told Kim at the summit.
Earlier, Putin had said the visit from the North Korean leader would “help better understand what should be done to settle the situation on the Korean Peninsula, what we can do together, what Russia can do to support the positive processes going on now.”
Two months before this meeting, Kim had his second summit with Trump, where discussions failed over U.S. sanctions on the reclusive country.
“It wasn’t a good thing to be signing anything. We had some options, and at this time we decided not to do any of the options, and we’ll see where that goes,” Trump said after the summit fell apart, as reported previously by The Daily Wire.
“Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” Trump also said.
Trump added that Kim wanted all sanctions lifted in exchange for ending its nuclear program.
“[Kim] wants to de-nuke, but he wants to just do areas that are less important than the areas that we want. We know the country very well, believe it or not, we know every inch of that country,” Trump said. “You always have to be prepared to walk. I could have 100 percent signed something today — we actually had papers ready to be signed — but it just wasn’t appropriate. I want to do it right: I’d much rather do it right than do it fast.”