24 Aug '11, 11am
Kim Jong Il's 'very fun' Siberian great train ride
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, is welcomed with bread and salt in front of his armored train upon his arrival at the Bureya railway station, eastern Siberia, Russia. -- PHOTO: AP ULAN-UDE, Russia (AFP) - He's inspected a hydro-electric dam, taken a dip in healing Siberian waters and sampled local fish and fine French wines. And North Korean leader Kim Jong Il could not hide his satisfaction over a 'very fun' train journey through the Russian wilderness. 'We are having a very fun journey,' the straight-faced Mr Kim on Wednesday told his host Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at a Siberian garrison tucked in a pine forest some 5,550km east of Moscow. Mr Kim, who travels aboard his armoured train, rumbled for four days along the famed Trans-Siberian railway to meet the Kremlin chief for talks to win Russian economic and food aid for his reclusive state.