1. Visits

    North Korean Leader Goes to Russia

    In this undated photo released Thursday, May 19, 2011, by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects the Toksong fruit farm in Toksong, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

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    Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has arrived in Russia, where he will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev during a weeklong visit. It's Kim's first trip to the country in nine years. The visit is likely an attempt to secure food aid for North Korea and improve economic cooperation. On Friday, the two countries announced that Russia would provide food assistance to North Korea. It's also likely that Kim wants to secure Russia's support for his son and successor, Kim Jong-un.

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