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NKorea denies Beijing visit by Kim’s son: Chinese report

AFP [1]
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

North Korea has denied a report that its leader Kim Jong-Il’s third son visited Beijing earlier this month, Chinese state media quoted a Pyongyang diplomat as saying Wednesday.

The Global Times carried the denial one day after Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper said that Kim Jong-Un arrived for the secret visit by air around June 10 and met Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders.

“In my view, it is groundless reporting,” a diplomat at the North Korean embassy in Beijing told the Global Times, speaking on condition of anonymity.



The diplomat said Japanese media used “fabricated facts” in their news reports, the paper said.

The Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday that during the visit, a North Korean aide told the Chinese side that Kim had unofficially been anointed to succeed his father.

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