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Kim Jong-un leaves for Pyongyang from Beijing

IANS  |  Beijing 

North Korean leader returned home on Wednesday from by train, concluding a surprise visit that sparked expectation of a second summit with the US on denuclearising the

Kim's armoured train departed from at 2.08 p.m., according to South Korea's news agency.

The did not confirm the information on Kim's journey but said it would issue an official press release.

Kim is expected to reach the North Korean capital on Thursday, reports news.

As on previous occasions, Kim's agenda has not been made public, but he is reported to have held a summit with Chinese on Tuesday.

reported that on Wednesday, Kim visited the facilities of a Chinese traditional medicine firm for close to 30 minutes, after which he had lunch with Xi.

This was Kim's fourth visit to in the last year and came amid reported preparations for a second meeting between Kim and US to resume denuclearization talks.

The first meeting between Kim and Xi in took place ahead of North Korea's participation in held in South Korea, which kicked off a process of rapprochement between the two Koreas.

The other two summits with Xi in May and June occurred soon after his meetings with South Korean Moon Jae-in and with Trump in



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 15:12 IST