N Korea's Kim to meet Medvedev 'mid-week': official

20th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il, who arrived in Russia on Saturday on his first visit since 2002, is expected to have talks in mid-week with President Dmitry Medvedev, a Russian official said.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, a Russian official familiar with Medvedev's schedule said Kim would be staying in Russia for about a week and was scheduled to meet with Medvedev "in the middle of the week."

Citing security concerns, the official declined to be more specific, adding precise details of the bilateral summit are likely to be unveiled at the last minute.

The Kremlin said in a tersely-worded statement earlier Saturday that Kim would tour the Far East and Siberia and his talks with Medvedev would be the highlight of the trip. It did not provide further details.

Medvedev and Kim are widely expected to meet in the eastern Siberian city of Ulan Ude near Lake Baikal.

Located some 5,500 kilometers east of Mosocw, Ulan Ude is the center of the traditionally Buddhist Buryatia region which borders Mongolia.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an informed source in Moscow, said that Kim would meet Medvedev in Ulan Ude on Tuesday.

The Russian official said Ulan Ude was one possible location. Yonhap also said Kim was also expected to visit a dam in Ussuriysk, near the Pacific port of Vladivostok.

Security concerns have been of paramount importance for the 69-year-old leader who is known to dislike air travel and travels in his armoured train. Russian officials have not released a detailed scheduled of Kim's week-long stay in Russia.

© 2011 AFP

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