The mystery surrounding North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s unexpected trip to Beijing intensified Tuesday, with the despot’s heavily guarded and bulletproof train returning to Pyongyang after holding secretive meetings with Chinese officials.
The 21-car long, diesel-fueled locomotive arrived in Beijing Monday; sparking global speculation that Kim was meeting with his largest trading partner ahead of future talks with President Donald Trump. Chinese officials have been largely sidelined in the North’s recent diplomatic push, pivoting towards direct negotiations with South Korea and the US.
“Kim Jong Un was identified as the likely VIP passenger after North Korea watchers noted the green diesel with the yellow stripe down the side looked just like the trains that ferried the despot’s late father to meetings in China and Russia — and on which Kim Jong Il eventually died of a heart attack,” writes Fox News.
If confirmed, the trip would be Kim Jong Un’s first international journey since taking office upon his father’s death in 2011.
The despot made global headlines just weeks ago, extending an invitation to meet President Trump and announcing his willingness to abandon North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile programs.
President Trump accepted the offer, and the two leaders are expected to meet within weeks.