Daily NK, a South Korean website focusing on North Korea news, reported in 2015 that “the restrooms are not only in Kim Jong Un’s personal train but whatever small or midsize cars he is traveling with and even in special vehicles that are designed for mountainous terrain or snow.”
Kim apparently takes a portable toilet with him everywhere he goes, preferring not to use public restrooms. The publication quoted an unnamed source as saying, “It is unthinkable in a Suryeong-based society for him to have to use a public restroom just because he travels around the country.” Suryeong is a Korean term meaning “supreme leader.”
Lee Yun-keol, who worked in a North Korean Guard Command unit before defecting to South Korea in 2005 told the Washington Post: “Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels.”
He continued: “The leader’s excretions contain information about his health status so they can’t be left behind.”
The North Korean leader has previously drawn attention for his extreme security measures.
In April, bizarre footage emerged of 12 smartly dressed bodyguards running alongside Kim’s limousine as he left a meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.
Kim’s bodyguards were also spotted running alongside the car after he arrived in Singapore.
While the North Korean leader’s hopes for the meeting are unclear, President Trump is expected to push for the communist state to give up its nuclear weapons.
Last week the president promised to invite Kim to the White House if the meeting goes well, saying he would expect the North Korean leader to look upon the offer “very favourably”.
The meeting will be the first time a sitting US President has met with a North Korea leader. It is also Kim’s longest overseas visit as leader.
President Trump has described the summit as a “one-time shot” at peace and told reporters during the G7 summit in Canada that he would “know within a minute” if the summit would be successful.