N. Korea's Kim arrives in St. Petersburg.
(EDS: UPDATING WITH KIM'S ARRIVAL IN ST. PETERSBURG)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in St. Petersburg on Monday morning for a two-day visit, having arrived from Moscow where he met Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Shortly after his arrival in Russia's second largest city, Kim visited the State Hermitage Museum, which has some of the most important art collections in the world.
Following a luncheon hosted by St. Petersburg Gov. Vladimir Yakovlev, he was scheduled to visit Leningrad Metal Works, a factory that produces turbines for nuclear power plants, reportedly including one in Iran being built with Russian assistance. His father, the late President Kim Il Sung, once toured the same factory.
Kim will also be spending much of his time sightseeing in the city, Putin's home town, which is the North Korean leader's third stopover in Russia following visits to Omsk in western Siberia and Moscow.
Russia's Itar-Tass news agency quoted Yakovlev as saying Kim told him that having been to the city 42 years ago with his father, he wanted to see it again.
Itar-Tass said that on Monday afternoon Kim will take a boat cruise on Neva River, which runs through the city, while in the evening he will watch a ballet performance at Mariinsky Theater.
According to municipal authorities, Kim is scheduled to stay in a suite room at a first-class hotel in the city.
He is also scheduled to visit a factory that manufactures tanks before returning Tuesday to Moscow, from where he will commence his return journey to North Korea via the Trans-Siberian Railway, arriving home Aug. 18.
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|Publication:||Asian Political News|
|Date:||Aug 13, 2001|
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