Kim Jong-il visits Russia

2011-08-20 08:00

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrived in Russia's eastern city of Khasan on a special train on Saturday, making his first visit since 2002, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean government source as saying.

Yonhap said Kim would likely hold talk with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Ulan Ude, the third largest city in eastern Siberia, on Tuesday. It added that Kim was expected to stay in Russia for a week.

Kim's rare trip to Russia comes after he visited China three times in just over a year. North Korea has been desperate to get economic aid as the reclusive country has suffered from devastating floods and economic sanctions led by the United States because of Pyongyang's secret nuclear weapons development programme.

"We understand Chairman Kim's special train arrived at Khasan Station at about 10 a.m. after crossing the border between North Korea and Russia and that a welcoming ceremony is happening there," Yonhap quoted the source as saying.

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-20 08:48

    Send in a drone.

  • j4truth - 2011-08-20 08:55

    Various nations will be aligning themselves not realizing that they are fulfilling BIBLE PROPHECY - The one alignment is Russia/Turkey/Iran - - They are on the 'ROAD TO ARMAGEDDON'. Pity them! The above truthful comments will probably bring out a whole chorus of 'chattering chipmonks', atheists and satanists. Pity them too!

      Bontage - 2011-08-20 23:06

      Oh, please don't pity me. I'm quite happy to sit here with my rational belief and await a Biblical end time which will never come. Sure, mankind may die or the Earth explode or any number of terrible things, but rest assured it won't be because a huge, egotistical beard in the sky thinks we deserve it.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-20 09:21

    Next stop -- SA! To visit comrade JZ and cronies!

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