The limousine was delivered to Kim's top aides, officials said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later confirmed the gift, saying it was an Aurus, a full-size luxury sedan of the type used by Putin himself.

The two internationally isolated countries have forged close ties since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

Last September, on his first trip abroad in four years, Putin welcomed Kim at the Vostochny Spaceport in the Russian Far East. During this visit, the North Korean leader inspected Putin's own Aurus Senat limousine. Weapons were also exchanged as gifts. 

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Kim Jong-un is believed to be a car enthusiast and has a collection of luxury foreign vehicles. 

North Korea's state news agency KCNA quoted Kim's sister Yo Jong as saying that "the gift is a clear indication of the special personal relations between the top leaders of the two countries."

But South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the gift violated UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea that ban the supply of certain categories of vehicles, including luxury cars.