Here's the bizarre personal item Kim Jong-un brought with him to the Singapore summit

Here's the bizarre personal item Kim Jong-un brought with him to the Singapore summit

This week, a historic event took place. No, it wasn't IHOP officially becoming IHOb (the reason why that's happening is driving us all mad), but it was the groundbreaking moment that two world leaders met and shook hands.

Hopefully the first step towards peace between the two nations, Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for a meeting in Singapore to treat the rising tension between the two superpowers.

In his own idiosyncratic way, Trump stated:

"People are going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy, and we’re going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.

"I want to thank chairman Kim. Spent a lot of time together today, very intensive time."

There are many secrets of this meeting that we are due to learn in the future, and many we will never be privy to. However, there is one thing that many have discovered today: Kim Jong-un attended the summit with his very own toilet.

According to South Korean news agency The Chosun Ilbo, the leader arrived in Singapore this week in an Air China Boeing 747, but was also accompanied by an IL-76 transport plane. This plane was carrying food, a bullet-proof limousine, and... a portable toilet.

According to Business Insider, he always travels with his own toilet available - including one in his Mercedes.

In 2015, Daily NK (a South Korean website focusing on North Korea news) reported that he has a mobile restroom built into one of his convoy vehicles, for whenever he leaves for on-site inspections at state-run factories or military bases. Their anonymous source, from the South Pyongan Province, told them:

"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.

"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.

"It is unthinkable in a Suryeong-based society for him to have to use a public restroom just because he travels around the country."

So why go to all this trouble? Is it simply a matter or privacy, or is it that no restroom shared by another person is deemed good enough for the supreme leader? Well, according to the Chosun Ilbo, the portable toilets "will deny determined sewer divers insights into the supreme leader's stools".

Jong-un's urine and fecal matter are periodically examined to check his health status - but that information is for certain eyes only. Lee Yun-keol, a former member of the North Korean Guard, has previously spoken about this with 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 explained. "The leader's excretions contain information about his health status so they can't be left behind."

This may be something we can all agree with Kim Jong-un on - none of us want to learn more about his urine or faeces.