20 May '11, 9am

North Korea's Kim Jong-Il visits China: report

North Korea's Kim Jong-Il visits China: report

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il Friday paid a visit to China likely focused on securing economic aid, media reports said, but it was unclear if he was accompanied by his son and heir apparent Jong-Un. Kim senior is staying at a hotel in the northeastern city of Mudanjiang, Yonhap news agency quoted government sources as saying, while YTN and MBC television stations carried similar reports. "It's not certain whether Kim Jong-Un accompanied his father or not," one official told Yonhap. Another official told the news agency that the approved list of North Korea's 70-member entourage did not show the son's name. Spokespersons in Seoul and China's foreign ministry declined to comment. Earlier South Korean media reports had only mentioned a visit by Jong-Un, saying a special train reserved for the North's leaders arrived early Friday in the Chinese border city of Tumen. ...

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