Luxury Cars Likely Smuggled into N. Korea via Osaka: Think Tank

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New York, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Two German luxury cars may have been smuggled into North Korea via the western Japan city of Osaka in a possible violation of a U.N. resolution, a U.S. think tank said Tuesday.

According a report by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, or C4ADS, the vehicles are believed to be the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard, priced at more than 500,000 dollars per unit.

The report also said a total of 803 automobiles, including 256 Japanese vehicles such as Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> Lexus models, were exported to North Korea between 2015 and 2017.

Cargo tracking information indicates that two containers each loaded with the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard model left a port in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in June last year, the report said.

After arriving at Dalian in China, the two vehicles were transported by ship to Osaka, to Busan in South Korea and then to Nakhodka in Russia's Far East. The vehicles are believed to have been transported to North Korea by air after the arrival at Russia in October that year.

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