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The US scoffs at Russia's "luxurious gift" to Kim Jong-un

A US spokesman has mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin's gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as he accused Moscow of violating UN resolutions.

North Korea said on Tuesday that Kim was given a Russian-made car as a gift from Putin.

The Kremlin spokesman later confirmed the gift, saying it was a luxury car of the type used by Putin.

Asked about the gift, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters, "I actually, frankly, didn't know there was such a thing as a Russian luxury car."

"I hope Kimi has a longer warranty," he joked. "I'm not sure that if I were to buy a luxury car, Russia would be the place I would look for it."

Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, said that "the gift serves as a clear demonstration of the special personal relationship between the leaders".