North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has somehow gotten his hands on a Rolls Royce Phantom.
The Supreme Leader of the secretive nation was seen arriving to his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the black luxury car, CNN reports. Kim has not been seen in the Rolls-Royce before and with United Nations sanctions prohibiting the sale of luxury goods to the North Korean government, it’s unclear how he would have gotten his hands on the vehicle. It appears as though it’s an outgoing Rolls-Royce Phantom, however, and not of the new, eighth-generation variety.
Kim Jong Un is usually chauffeured in a top-of-the-line Mercedes limousine — but he arrived in what appeared to be a black Rolls Royce at his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this weekend https://t.co/5QhFxGqIWr
— CNN (@CNN) October 9, 2018
Kim has previously been spotted in a Mercedes-Benz Pullman Guard limo, CNN reports. Not surprisingly, black limos and sedans are the vehicle of choice for North Korea’s government officials. At the funeral of Kim Jong-il, a Lincoln Continental limousine carried the casket of the late “dear leader”. That’s not the only one, either – the North Korean regime allegedly owns a number of Lincolns. It’s not clear how they would have gotten their hands on those, either, but a Detroit Bureau report suspects they may have arrived in the country in the 1970s by way of Japan.
While it’s unclear how Jong Un got his hands on the Phantom, it’s not surprising that he has one. Large black luxury cars have long been the vehicle of choice for brutal dictators and the Phantom is just about the most imposing one you could have. We’d say Kim’s phantom pales in comparison to Trump’s purpose-built armored Cadillac limo, or Putin’s own Russian-made Aurus Senat limo.