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N. Korean leader believed to be headed to Beijing for summit

All Headlines 11:17 May 04, 2010

DALIAN, China, May 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was believed to be headed for Beijing on Tuesday, where he is expected to hold a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao, sources here said.

Kim arrived in the Chinese port city of Dalian shortly after he crossed the border into China on Monday aboard his special armored train.

"The delegation of Chairman Kim is currently traveling by car, and they appear to be heading for Jinzhou now," an informed source in Dalian said, referring to the North Korean leader by his official title as head of the North's powerful National Defense Commission.

Jinzhou is about a 40-minute drive from the hotel where Kim and his entourage was spotted Monday.

A train ride to the Chinese capital from Jinzhou would cut the travel time by nearly half to about eight hours from 14 hours needed to travel from Dalian, according to the source.

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