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N. Korean train believed to be carrying leader Kim arrives in China: official

SEOUL, May 3 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean train, believed to be a special armored train for the country's leader Kim Jong-il, arrived in the Chinese border city of Dandong early Monday, an informed official in Seoul said.

   "We have confirmed the arrival of a special train at Dandong, and we believe it is highly likely that Chairman Kim is on board," the official said, referring to the North Korean leader by his official title as the head of the National Defense Commission.

   The government is trying to confirm details, the official added.

   The train arrived in Dandong around 5:30 a.m. (local time) Monday, one day after diplomatic sources here and in the Chinese city said Kim may be set for a trip to China in the very near future.

   Some 200 Chinese police officers tightly surrounded the train station in Dandong, and the entire road in front of the station was blocked off to traffic from around 6 a.m.

   Kim has visited China four times since 2000, by train only. He is said to be afraid of flying.