Spirits Dashed: 90,000 Bottles Of Vodka Headed For North Korea Seized
Kim Jong-un is known for his love of luxury goods but it seems he may be short on Russian vodka after Dutch authorities confiscated 90,000 bottles believed to have been en route to North Korea.
A container holding 3000 boxes of Russian-made Stolbovaya vodka was on a Chinese-owned container ship travelling from Hamburg to China when it was seized in the port of Rotterdam.
It's believed the real plan was to smuggle the liquid cargo into North Korea for Kim Jong-un and his top commanders, which would have been a direct breach of United Nations sanctions.
It wasn't an easy task for authorities because the booze was hidden beneath an aircraft fuselage that had to be lifted by a crane.
“It’s an incredible story — it’s like something you read in a thriller,” customs agency spokesman Roul Velleman told Agence France-Presse.
“Sources indicated to us that a container was destined for North Korea. That was reason enough for us to act.”
Kim has an obvious taste for the high life.
Reports suggest he has spent billions of dollars on importing luxury products from China since taking power in 2011.
He's also big on smoking.
Footage has emerged of the North Korean leader pacing a platform at Nanning Station in China as he smoked a cigarette during a break from his 65-hour train trip from Pyongyang to Vietnam where he is meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump.
The video of the leaders unguarded moment is rare -- he's been largely confined to his home country since taking the top-job in 2011 where media coverage is always extremely flattering.