Kim, Medvedev schedule meeting

2011-08-22 17:12
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is welcomed with bread and salt in front of his armoured train upon his arrival at the Bureya railway station in Russia, where he is to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev. (AP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is welcomed with bread and salt in front of his armoured train upon his arrival at the Bureya railway station in Russia, where he is to hold talks with President Dmitry Medvedev. (AP)

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Moscow - The summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-Il and President Dmitry Medvedev is set to take place on Wednesday in the eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, a person familiar with the plan said.

"The guest is arriving tomorrow," the person, who refused to go on the record because of the sensitivity of the situation, said on Monday.

"Our [leader] will be there on Wednesday," he said.

The talks will take place in the eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude near Lake Baikal in the Buddhist region of Buryatia, 5 550km east of Moscow, he said.

Kim will also be shown around the picturesque shores of Lake Baikal and offered a boat ride, the person said.

He did not provide further details, saying he had given a written pledge not to disclose this information.

Itinerary secret

South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited a Seoul-based senior government official as saying: "There is a possibility that Kim will arrive in Ulan-Ude on August 23 and hold the summit on August 24 after spending a night."

In an apparent nod to Kim's concerns about personal safety, the Kremlin imposed a virtual blanket ban on information about the plans and itinerary of the 69-year-old leader, now rumbling across the Trans-Siberian railway aboard his special armoured train.

The Kremlin said in a terse statement that the summit will be the highlight of the reclusive Kim's week-long tour of Russia's Far East and Siberia, his second visit to the giant neighbour since 2002.

Monday was the third day of Kim's week-long trek, a rare trip out of his country battling food shortages and isolation.

"The special train carrying the general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairperson of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is going along the Trans-Siberian railway in the direction of Ulan-Ude," the administration of the Buryatia region said.

"Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, the Amur region have been left behind, and Chita is now the next big city along the Transsib railway," it said in a statement on its website quoting the ITAR-TASS news agency.

Sunday visit

A spokesperson for the Buryatia regional authorities said he could not provide details of Kim's plans in the region.

"Everything is being kept secret," he said.

The Kremlin announced the high-profile visit several hours after Kim's armoured train crossed the border into Russia on Saturday.

On Sunday he visited the 2 000 megawatt-strong Bureiskaya hydro-power station in the Amur region, the largest in the Far East.

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