Home / Auto News / News article: Kim Jong-Il Buys Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard While North Korea Starves - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jul 18 2011, 3:00 PM

North Korea’s chronic food shortages are reported to be reaching levels similar to the 1994 famine that struck the isolated Asian nation, and Kim Jong-Il, the world’s best dressed hereditary communist dictator, couldn’t care less.

According to a report by North Korean affairs blog One Free Korea, the North Korean dictator was spotted in China being chauffeured in a Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard, an armored, extended-wheelbase S600 that costs $200,000 more than the Maybach limousines reportedly favored by Jong-Il.

Witnesses said that the two S600s were fitted with Beijing license plates, a common practice for vehicles exported from China to North Korea by air freight. Trade documents obtained by One Free Korea show that $3.1 million worth of unspecified European cars were exported from China to North Korea in 2010.

The blog also notes that one ton of corn costs $250 on the open market, meaning that the North Korean government could have purchased 13,000 tons of corn for its starving populace.

[Source: One Free Korea]

  • oscarvega

    lol, what was the point of this article?

    and the corn thing? WTH?

    They dont need the government to buy them corn, its that kind of thinking thats got them where they are. I thought this was a car site not a leftist propaganda tool

  • Colum Wood

    How can any of that be construed as leftist propaganda?