N Korea`s Kim tours Russia

Kim may also meet Russian strongman, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the first Kremlin leader to visit North Korea in 2001.

Moscow: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited a newly-built hydropower station in Russia`s far east
on Sunday in a week-long trip to the country during, which he will also hold a summit meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev.

On the second day of his visit, Kim Jong toured the Bureya hydroelectric power station, the first completed by Russia after the Soviet collapse.

According to Interfax, Kim`s armoured train stopped at the Bureya station from, where he headed to the dam, where he was welcomed by Medvedev`s envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District, Viktor Ishayev, and Governor of the Amur Region, Oleg Kozhemyako.

"The armoured train of Kim Jong Il includes 17 coaches, one of which serves as the mobile garage for the personal Mercedes limousine of the North Korean leader, by which he went to Bureya hydro power plant," RIA Novosti said, quoting a source.

After crossing into the Russian border at Khasan in Far East four Russian coaches were attached to Kim`s armoured train for accommodating Viktor Ishayev and security personnel.

Kim spent about five minutes at the observation platform of the dam to watch waterfall and retreated to his train.

Kim, who is reported to be suffering plane phobia, first visited Russian in July-August 2001, when he travelled around the country for 24 days.

During his second trip since 2002, Kim is expected to hold talks with Medvedev on key bilateral and multilateral issues including de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Although the Kremlin is yet to announce the venue and dates of the Medvedev-Kim meeting, South Korean Yonhap news agency earlier reported talks are likely to take place in the eastern Siberian city of Ulan-Ude on Tuesday.

Kim may also meet with Russian strongman, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was the first Kremlin leader to visit North Korea in 2001.


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