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DPRK top leader arrives in Russia for visit: media

(Xinhua)

12:27, August 20, 2011

VLADIVOSTOK, Aug 20 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), arrived in Russia's eastern city of Khasan Friday on a special train, local media reported.

Kim was received by Russia officials at the train station.

Later, Kim will travel to Ulan Ude, where he is expected to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, according to the report.

So far the DPRK government has not released any information on the visit. A Russian official contacted by Xinhua declined to comment.

Earlier, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported on the visit, quoting an unnamed South Korean government official.

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