The Summit-of-the-Century is underway on the other side of the globe. President Donald Trump and a team of Americans are holding talks with delegates from North Korea, including Kim Jong Un. While we are all eagerly awaiting news of nuclear disarmament, there’s is a growing story developing about the size and nature of Kim’s security detail.
Like the rest of the world leaders, Kim is being well guarded. He flew into Singapore with with what Fox called a “phalanx of North Korean wingmen.” Literally. There were at least three identical charter planes that arrived at the same time, and two were decoys for Kim’s plane.
Once they hit the ground, the leader steped out with numerous bodyguards.
“Video of the portly potentate prowling the streets of the host city was released live, and showed Kim greeting tourists,” Fox added, “taking selfies and visiting sights in the late evening hours after leaving St. Regis Hotel. The dictator rarely ventures out of the Hermit Kingdom, and has never traveled out of the country in the style seen on the current trip.”
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung then took Kim to dinner in the city. He was relatively easy to find, though, as a massive group of guards swarmed around him. Though he wasn’t taking the typical precautions a head-of-state might take on the ground in a city that size.
“The regime’s Korean Central News Agency revealed Kim used a Chinese charter plane with a Chinese flag displayed on the aircraft, which made it appear a Chinese official was on board,” Fox adds. “The plane was one of three that departed within an hour — a maneuver believed to throw off enemies looking to take down Kim’s aircraft.”
“Kim who is known as a reasonable leader may have accepted his advisers’ recommendations to prioritize safety in aviation,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, told reporters. “In addition, the charter of a Chinese airplane may have an effect of publicizing China’s active support and cooperation to the North Korean people ahead of summit talks with the U.S.”
There was also a transport plane that brought in supplies, like Kim’s limo. Mutiple news agencies are also suggesting that there was a portable toilet onboard, just for Kim, who takes his own toilet with him on trips like these.
One of the planes that departed North Korea was an IL-76 transport plane that brought a bullet-proof limousine and portable toilet for the despot, Chosun Ilbo reported. The despot reportedly brings his own toilet for long trips.
Lee Yun-keol, a North Korean defector, told reporters that the toilet allows Kim to keep his others from, well, data-mining.
“Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels,” Lee said. “The leader’s excretions contain information about his health status so they can’t be left behind.”