Recently a photo of North Korea’s fearless leader, the supreme leader of North Korea and the chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un presenting a beautiful chrome Type 88 rifle to a soldier of the Changlin Island defense unit. Type 88 is the indigenously manufactured North Korean version of the AK-74, chambered in 5.45×39mm. It is in service alongside the 7.62×39mm, Type 68 AKM clone.
Chromed weapons in North Korea are often seen in press and propaganda photos that feature the secretive country’s military. Previously we have seen chromed Type 73 light machine guns, which is an indigenous North Korean dual-feed design.
The Chromed Type 88 seen in the photograph has a side folding stock and a chromed magazine. It wasn’t the rifle that caused a stir when the photograph appeared online, however, it was what appears in the background – next to what looks to be a football (soccer) goalpost. Yes, that’s what appears to be a brand new Lexus SUV, I’m not a Lexus guy but it looks like a Lexus LX570 – maybe our Lexus aficionado readers can confirm or correct that below in the comments!
The appearance of a brand new Lexus raises some questions considering the sanctions North Korea currently faces. It’s estimated by the UN Security Council that over $5 million worth of luxury goods are imported into the isolationist North Korea, varying estimates suggest the goods come from between 30 and 90 countries.
What would you rather have; a chromed North Korean Type 88 or a new Lexus? Let us know in the comments below.