North Korea’s state media confirmed today Kim Jong-il’s visit to China.
North Korea confirms Kim Jong-il's visit to China
The Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch that Kim made an “unofficial” visit to China from May 3 to 7.
The report, however, made no mention of Kim’s meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao or Kim’s trip to Beijing. Sources in the Chinese capital have said the two leaders met Wednesday evening and Kim reportedly offered to return to the stalled six-party denuclearization talks. Kim was thought to be on his way home from Beijing via train.
The North Korean report instead said Kim traveled to northeastern cities of Dalian and Tianjin and visited industrial sites there.
It also said Kim was accompanied by some of the influential figures in North Korea, including Jang Song-thaek, brother-in-law of Kim Jong-il and a senior Workers’ Party official, first vice foreign minister Kang Sok-ju, and a Workers’ Party department director Kim Yang-gon.
North Korea usually reports Kim’s overseas trips after the leader has returned home.
By Yoo Jee-ho [email@example.com]