UPDATE Kim visits China in first foreign trip since 2011
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Bejing officials told South Korean counterparts that the chubby leader has made his first foreign trip since taking power
NORTH Korea leader Kim Jong-un has visited China, Bejing officials have confirmed.
Bejing officials told South Korean counterparts that the chubby leader has made his first foreign trip since taking power in 2011.
The North Korean tyrant is said to have arrived in Beijing in an specially armoured train ahead of talks with Donald Trump to avoid nuclear war.
Footage from Nippon News Network showed a green train carriage with yellow horizontal lines, part of a 21-car train, similar to the kind that Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, rode when he visited Beijing in 2011.
Beijing has traditionally been the closest ally of secretive and isolated North Korea.
But Kim Jong-un is due to hold summit meetings separately with China's rivals, South Korea and the United States.
South Korea's presidential Blue House said: "The government is closely communicating with relevant countries and monitoring the situation."
It is is reported that a special train passed through the Chinese border city of Dandong.
The rail journey from there to Beijing covers more than 680 miles.
It takes at least 14 hours by ordinary service, according to Chinese railway timetables.
A video that aired on NTV also showed a motorcade of black limos waiting at the train station and rows of Chinese soldiers marching on what appeared to be a train platform.
Pyongyang’s state-run media had no reports of a delegation travelling to China.
A diplomatic source told Reuters that there was heavy security around the Diaoyutai State Guest House, where some high level foreign visitors stay during visits to the city.
Other diplomatic sources said they were aware of the speculation that Kim was visiting but were not able to immediately confirm it.
Visits to China by Kim Jong Il were only confirmed by both China and North Korea once he had left the country.
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