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NKorea's Kim Heads to China on Train

Sunday, 02 May 2010 08:32 PM

SEOUL - A train believed to be carrying North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong-Il arrived at the Chinese border early Monday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, quoting unnamed sources.

"We have confirmed the arrival of a special train at Dandong, and we believe it is highly likely that Chairman Kim is on board," Yonhap quoted the official as saying, referring to the North Korean leader.

Around 200 Chinese police officers surrounded the train station in Dandong, Yonhap said.

The agency reported on Sunday that Kim was imminently expected in China, quoting an unnamed government source.

Kim's trip to China had been widely forecast by South Korean and Japanese media for around late April, but it did not go ahead as predicted.

Seoul's YTN television reported Sunday that Kim's trip might have been pushed back due to the heavy outside media exposure and safety concerns.

North Korea's number two leader Kim Yong-Nam met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday on the sidelines of the World Expo in Shanghai but it was not known what they discussed.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been rising since the mysterious sinking of a South Korean warship near the disputed sea border with North Korea on March 26, with suspicion falling on Pyongyang.

Kim, who reportedly dislikes flying, previously travelled by train to China in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2006.

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