Korea: July 25, 2001

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Russia announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who is afraid of flying, will travel by train to Moscow for an official visit. Kim's private train will travel along the Trans-Siberian railroad and arrive in Moscow on August 4th. Kim will stop along the way to visit a tank factory (that makes T-80s sold to South Korea) and other facilities. Kim is traveling in an armored rail car with an entourage of over a hundred. Ahead of his train is a security train, which is equipped to detect mines. Kim is afraid of flying. 

 

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