Report: Son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits China

May 20, 2011 05:06


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SEOUL - The heir-apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il crossed the border to visit China on Friday morning, and was possibly accompanied by his uncle and political minder Jang Song-thaek, South Korean media reported.

"Kim Jong-un has passed the border by train early Friday to visit China with his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, to meet with Chinese high officials," the Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted an unnamed diplomatic source as saying.

Yonhap news agency also said the younger Kim arrived in China Friday morning but it was unclear where he was heading, according to a source in the China border area.

South Korean government officials could not immediately confirm the reports.

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