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He rides a slow-moving, bulletproof train Most world leaders travel by airplane, but much like his father and grandfather, Kim Jong-Un's preferred mode of transportation is private train. Whenever Kim travels, as he did to China last month, three trains are needed: an advance security train, Kim's train, and another train for bodyguards and supplies, according to The New York Times . Each carriage on Kim's 90 high-security carriages is bulletproof, and with all the extra weight, the trains top out at just 37 miles per hour, the Times reported. He doesn't use public restrooms when he travels — he uses a 'personal toilet' instead Apparently, Kim Jong-un doesn't use public restrooms when he travels, instead opting for a "personal toilet," Lee Yun-keol, a former member of the North Korean Guard Command unit, told The Washington Post . And the reason has nothing to do with cleanliness. "Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels," Lee told The Post. "The leader's excretions contain information about his health status so they can't be left behind." In 2015, South Korean news agency DailyNK reported that a customized bathroom is built into one of the cars of Kim's convoy of armored vehicles. He brought a special noodle machine from Pyongyang Kim's meticulously planned meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-In accounted for the personal tastes of both leaders. For Kim, that meant bringing a special noodle machine to make "naengmyeon," a dish of cold buckwheat noodles. According to Vice News , the meal was prepared by the head chef at Okryu-gwan, a famous restaurant in Pyongyang. His only international visit was shrouded in secrecy Kim's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March was notable for a few reasons.
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The ban , which was set to expire Sept. 1, restricts US passport holders from traveling to or through North Korea. However, the official said that "individuals who wish to travel to or within North Korea for extremely limited purposes," and whose travel is in the US national interest, can apply for a "special validation" from the State Department. "The safety and security of US citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities," the spokesman said. The State Department's guidance says trips to North Korea might be in the US national interest if the traveler is a journalist and the purpose of the trip is to report on the country. Exceptions will also be made for representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross or the American Red Cross traveling on an officially sponsored mission, or if a trip is justified by "compelling humanitarian considerations." Exceptions will also be made if the trip "is otherwise in the national interest," a category that might include diplomats working on negotiations with Pyongyang to give up or reduce its nuclear program. The ban was put in place in September 2017 after the death of US student Otto Warmbier. The 22-year-old economics student had traveled to North Korea with a tour group in 2016 and was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda sign. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in prison, but was returned to the US in June 2017 in a coma.
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