Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Chosun Ilbo has a terrific story about the private train on which Kim Jong-il travels for his guidance tours and generally moves about the DPRK. General-Secretary Kim uses one set of locomotives, but there are trains that advance and follow Kim Jong-il’s train to conduct reconnaissance, security and ferry around members of the Guard Command and Kim Jong-il’s staff. In addition to the additional trains, Kim Jong-il’s train is escorted and tracked by various aircraft.
I will only add to the train report the ten (10) to twenty (20) vehicle motorcade of Mercedes Benz sedans and buses that shuttle and protect General-Secretary Kim and his travel party on these guidance tours. This also does not account for the three rings of security [KJI <– Guard Command <– State Security Department <– local MPS branch] tasked with General-Secretary Kim’s safety.