Train Believed Carrying North Korean Delegation Leaves Beijing

by Abel Hampton March 28, 2018, 0:40
Train Believed Carrying North Korean Delegation Leaves Beijing

After nightfall, a motorcade drove to a state guesthouse where foreign dignitaries often stay.

South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday was also unable to confirm reports of Kim's Beijing trip, saying it has yet to identify the presence of a top North Korean official there, but is leaving "all possibilities" open.

Advanced communications and flat screen TVs have been installed so the North Korean leader can give orders and receive news and briefings. And it would signal a warming in Beijing's attitude toward Kim. "Behind Kim's train is another carrying his bodyguards and other support personnel".

"We are closely watching the situation in Beijing while keeping every possible scenario in mind", said a senior Blue House official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Japan's Kyodo news agency, citing unidentified sources, reported that a high-ranking North Korean official had arrived in the Chinese capital on Monday afternoon.

"It is all very well to engage the USA and South Korea in diplomacy, but since North Korea isn't likely to denuclearize, those relations will always be tough, it will always need China", said Mr.

As reporters and social media users scrabbled for clues as to who the visitor was and what he or she was doing, there was little sign of any unusual activity in Tiananmen Square, the capital's political heart.

A green and yellow train triggered the speculation as to whether the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un visited China.

The trains travel at a leisurely 38 miles per hour - but can whisk the leader away in a hurry in armored vehicles and even small helicopters that also are carried aboard for emergencies.

Kim plans to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April, as well as with US President Donald Trump by May, meaning this trip could be a precursor.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the military parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang in February 2018.

According to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, Mr Kim has not been seen in public since he met a South Korean delegation on March 5th amid reports he is gearing up for scheduled summits with South Korea and the US.

A senior U.S. official who follows North Korea closely said the available evidence suggested that Kim had travelled to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, but stressed that has not been confirmed.

Both Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, the current leader's father and grandfather respectively, traveled by heavily armored train when they visited their allies in China and Russian Federation.

"If Kim Jong-un made the trip, Kim probably will have or already had a meeting with Xi Jinping to deliver his direct message". He noted that Xi probably had advice for Kim for the upcoming summit between Kim and Trump, which will be the first-ever such talk between the two countries' leaders.

If it's not Kim it could be his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who the leader sent to South Korea last month to attend the Winter Olympics bearing the offer of a summit.

The younger Kim has not undertaken any official trip overseas since taking power following his father's death in December 2011. China is by far North Korea's most significant link to the outside world, and it has been highly critical of unilateral USA sanctions targeting the North that go beyond those approved late past year by the U.N. Security Council.

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