North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘makes surprise visit to China’

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A high-ranking North Korean official, believed to be leader Kim Jong Un, has arrived in China on a surprise visit, sources say. It would be his first official trip to a foreign country.

Cameras from Japan’s Nippon News Network showed a green train – similar to one that was used by Kim’s father on his foreign trips – arriving in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Monday. The same train was earlier seen crossing the border from North Korea.

Video footage also showed a convoy traveling through Beijing amidst high security and blocked roads, indicating that a senior figure – possibly a head of state – was inside. The convoy includes buses and an ambulance.

A source told the Japanese news agency Kyodo that a high-ranking North Korean figure appeared to be visiting China. Three unidentified sources told Bloomberg that the figure is Kim Jong Un.

There was no immediate comment from North Korean or Chinese officials. The visit comes just weeks before Kim’s first meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and more than a month before a potential meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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