North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was visiting China early this morning, a key South Korean government official told JoongAng Ilbo.
Kim Jong-il visits China Thursday
“(North Korea’s) National Defense Commission chairman Kim was detected to be visiting China on his private train,” the official said. “Unlike his ordinary visit to China, when he visited via Sinuiju and Dandong (of China), he was detected this time to have gone to China through three provinces in Northeastern China.”
The official said Seoul is yet to grasp of the purpose of the visit and whom Kim to contact during the visit. This is Kim’s second visit to the North Korea’s closest ally this year. Kim visited China to meet Chinese leader Hu Jintao in May.
His unheralded trip to China this time triggers much speculation about the motif as it occurred when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is visiting North Korea on a rescue mission for Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a U.S. citizen detained in the North for seven months for illegal entry. Carter is known not to have met Kim on Wednesday, the first day he spent in the North.
by Seo Seung-wook, Moon Gwang-lip [email@example.com]