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(2nd LD) N. Korean leader's train heads north without stopping in Beijing

North Korea 17:41 March 04, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES with train passing northeastern city; CORRECTS date in photo caption)

BEIJING/DANDONG, March 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's special train passed a northeastern Chinese city on Monday, sources said, apparently racing directly back to Pyongyang after a trip to Hanoi for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim left Dong Dang station in Vietnam on Saturday after a two-day summit with Trump and an official visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

His train passed through the northeastern Chinese city of Benxi, near Shenyang, around 4 p.m. after going through Tianjin and Shanhaiguan earlier in the day, according to the sources.

Despite earlier speculation, Kim did not stop in Guangzhou, a Chinese port city northwest of Hong Kong, nor in Beijing to meet President Xi Jinping on his way back home.

"The train seems to be moving at a much faster pace than it did when heading to Vietnam," a source said.

Kim's train is expected to reach Dandong station and then cross the Yalu River, also known as the Amrok River, near the border on Monday night.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to a group of officials and citizens before boarding a train at the station in the Vietnamese border town of Dong Dang to head back to his country on March 2, 2019. (Yonhap)


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