North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is said to
travel with a mobile restroom built into one of his convoy vehicles whenever he
leaves for on-site inspections to military bases or state-run factories, Daily
NK has learned.
“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,” a
source in South Pyongan Province privy to the Escort Command tasked with
guarding the leader said. “There are multiple vehicles within the convoy so
that people cannot tell which one he is in, and there is a separate car that
acts as his restroom.”
An additional source close to Escort
Command operations corroborated this news but for his safety Daily NK has
redacted his location.
“He has to travel around the
entire country for field guidance, so there always needs to be a personal
restroom exclusively for the Suryeong [Supreme Leader] Kim Jong Un,” the
source explained. “It is unthinkable in a Suryeong-based society for him to
have to use a public restroom just because he travels around the country.”
In a society where the Suryeong is likened
to god, it is unfathomable that Kim would share a public restroom with others,
said the source. Even Hwang Pyong So, director of the Korean People’s Army
General Political Bureau and at the highest of ranks in the North, would likely
face severe punishments, even death, if he is found using Kim’s personal restroom.
“In the North, the leader’s restroom needs
are managed by the Escort Command, which oversees the personal safety of the
leader and the Kim family,” he explained. “If he doesn’t use the bathroom as
he would in the morning or if he needs to go while traveling, it requires
additional security protocol for command soldiers, and when traveling on the
highway in his Mercedes, he is said to have a separate chamber pot in the car
that he can use.”
The source went on to explain that preparation
for ‘No. 1 events’ that involve the leader is as elaborate as can be, including
his use of the restroom. Because the matter requires absolute secrecy, it can
also be one of the most challenging and sensitive issues for members of the
Another reason why the leader uses
exclusive facilities is for periodic examination of his urine and fecal matter to ensure the leader is free of illness and in overall good health, according to the source.
*The content of this article was broadcast to the North Korean people via Unification Media Group.