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North Korea confirms Kim's departure to China for summit

AP  |  Seoul (South Korea) 

North Korean leader Un has left for for a four-day trip, the North's reported Tuesday, amid speculation that he may attempt to coordinate his positions with ahead of his likely summit with

The Agency said that Kim departed for on Monday afternoon with his wife and top officials. It said Kim is visiting at the invitation of Chinese

The KCNA dispatch came after South Korean media reported late Monday that Kim may be on his way to aboard a special train for his summit with Xi.

South Korean media reported the train was expected to reach at about 10 am Tuesday local time. Kim used a very distinctive armoured train made especially for him on visits to China last year.

Kim's trip comes after US and North Korean officials are believed to have met in to discuss the location of a second summit between Kim and Trump.

Kim visited China three times last year as he was engaged in a flurry of diplomacy with the and since he abruptly entered talks about the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. Nuclear diplomacy has reported little progress since Kim met Trump for a summit in last June.

China is North Korea's most important trading partner and a key buffer against pressure from Tuesday is also Un's birthday.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 06:35 IST