Kremlin: North Korean leader arrives in Russia

August 20, 2011 - 1:30 AM
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South Korean soldiers pass by a TV feeding file video footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's last visit to Russia, at Seoul train station, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. South Korean media reported Saturday that Kim's special train arrived in Russia. It was not immediately clear whether Kim was aboard. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has arrived in Russia and will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during his trip.

It is Kim's first trip to Russia since 2002 and is the latest sign North Korea is trying to reach out in an effort to secure aid and restart stalled disarmament talks.

The Kremlin says Kim arrived Saturday and will visit the Far East of Russia and Siberia.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that Kim would "be unofficially visiting Russia's Siberian and Far East regions" at Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's invitation.

It said the "highest leaders of the two countries would be meeting during the visit."