North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's cruise train arrived in China on the eve of the second summit with US President Donald Trump in the United States, according to the media.
The train arrived in the border town of Dandong after 21:00 local time (13:00 GMT) on Saturday, according to Yonhap South Korea's news agency and the NK News Special Corps, although it is unknown whether Kim was there.
The intersection of the train to China follows a day of speculation with Kim's plans of travel, which remained mysterious when his team met in Hanoi on the eve of talks expected next Wednesday and Thursday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States announced on Saturday Kim "for an official visit in the coming days", ahead of the summit, although no details were released.
Last week, Reuters announced that Kim will arrive in Washington on February 25th.
North Korean media have not yet confirmed the trip of Kim to Wangan or his summit with Trump.
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Security was tight until the arrival of a train to China.
Guests at the hotel facing the railway bridge from North Korea were suddenly asked to leave for a weekend and said they were closed on Saturday for emergency repairs.
"The train is long and crossed the city slower than a tourist attraction, but, of course, it has a lot of police presence," – said an unknown source of NC News.
The windows on the train were obscured, Source said, with only the lights turned on as it crossed.
Several sources said the AFP news agency that Kim was expected to arrive at the train station, stopping at Dong Dang Railway Station near the border of China, then driving to Hanoi.
On Saturday, soldiers were deployed to Dong Dang Station and along the road to the capital, AFP reporters report on the scene.
The United States has already announced an unprecedented step closing the 170-kilometer section of the road on Tuesday from 6:00 to 14:00, assuming Kim can ride along the road between these hours.
Another option for Kim would be to go for a train to Beijing and catch a plane to the Vietnamese capital.
A 60-hour journey
If the train makes the end to Hanoi, which carries the North Korean leader, it will mean about 4000 km, a 60-hour trip aboard for Kim.
On the last Kim trip in January, he went to Beijing with his entourage. The olive-green train is decorated with a yellow stripe.
The engine and wagons were similar, perhaps identical, to the train that Kim used in the previous year to travel to the Chinese capital for his first foreign visit.
His predecessors, Father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung also prefer the railroad for their domestic and overseas travel.
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China has one of the most widespread rail systems in the world. 130,000 kilometers – enough infrastructure to travel the Earth three times.
Nevertheless, traveling from the frozen northern border of China to the subtropical Bonn will lead to headaches and complex security challenges.
ijing-guangzhou line, "said Zhao Jian, who is studying China's rail system at Jiaotong University in Beijing, describing the route that will see Kim traveling directly to southern China before heading west to Guangxi Province, which borders on B & Justin Hastings, an associate professor in international affairs at Sydney University, said that this would be a "fairly large operation."
"They should have cleaned up the tracks, they should have provided security mainly throughout The length of the Chinese East
But China can appreciate and the problem is a necessary cost to bring Kim to the summit, he said.
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