Researchers at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies ( CADS ) decided to undertake a research to ascertain how North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un purchased his Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard with heavy sanctions and embargoes from the US and the European Union from North Korea purchasing luxury goods, but trust the cunning Kim Jung Un to take advantage of smuggling routes to always get whatever his heart so desires..
Even Daimler, the parent company that manufactures Mercedes vehicles, stated categorically when asked, that they had no freaking idea where and how the the North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un purchased his Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard and that had no business connections with North Korea for the past 15 years now and company strictly complies with EU and US embargoes handed down to North Korea.
So how did the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard get into North Korea?
The researchers at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies ( CADS ) said: they traced two luxury vehicles’ path from Rotterdam, Netherlands, through four countries to the streets of Pyongyang, North Korea. Two Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard vehicles, each worth about $500,000, left Rotterdam on June 14, 2018. From there, they travelled by ship to Dalian, in northern China, The vehicles then sat in shipping containers in Dalian from July 31, 2018, to August 26, when they departed for Osaka, Japan, on their way to Busan, South Korea; From South Korea, the containers sailed to Nakhodka, Russia, aboard the DN5505, a ship owned by the Do Young shipping company, which is registered in Marshall Islands.
The ship’s shipping tracker went dark for 18 days after it left Busan — typical behavior for a ship trying to evade sanctions, luxury goods goods headed to North Korea often travel through the Russian Far East making use of the porous smuggling routes along those waterways..