( CNN) When the world’s most strange chairman arrives for a procession, he steps out of a black Mercedes Benz and onto a red carpet.
Despite international sanctions, Kim Jong Un continues to enjoy the good life, with recent acquisitions thought to include a lustrous white yacht, expensive alcohols and even the rig are required to kit up a comfort ski resort.
Those expenses soon add together: The country obtained $645.8 million importance of comfort goods in 2012, according to a 2014 report from the UN.
To put that into framework, in 2015, North Korean importations totaled $3.47 billion. But if you remove China — Pyongyang’s biggest trading partner — from the equation, the disintegration discovers North koreans depleted more on comfort goods than it did on licit imports from the rest of the world blended, according to UN data treated by the MIT Media Lab’s Observatory of Economic Complexity.