March 27, 2018 09:36
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un or someone close to him is believed to be on a secret state visit to China.
Security has been heightened around a 100 m radius of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, while a convoy of 20 luxury sedans has been spotted including cars owned by the North Korean Embassy.
Earlier on Monday, Japanese media reported that a special train from North Korea was captured on camera arriving at Beijing railway station under heavy protection. The 21-carriage train was painted green with yellow lines.
Armed police were stationed along the railroad. Japan's NNN cable channel reported that the train was "very similar" to the one used by former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il when he visited Beijing back in 2011.
The Daily NK website also cited sources in China as saying a huge fence screen was set up at Dandong railway station bordering North Korea.
Kim has been out of the public eye for more than three weeks since meeting a South Korean delegation on March 5 amid speculation that he is hard at work preparing for scheduled summits with South Korea and the U.S.
A high-ranking government source here said, "It's true that a special train from North Korea went to China, but we can't verify who is on board." Others speculate that Kim sent his sister Yo-jong, who also attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that she does not know anything about the rumors.
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