N.K. leader Kim leaves Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok on Friday, a day after his much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Following a farewell ceremony, Kim's special train pulled out of the Vladivostok railway station.

It remains unknown where it is headed or whether it will make a stopover, but he is expected to return to Pyongyang.

Kim was expected to leave the Pacific port city late at night after a city tour, but he appears to have truncated his tour schedule.

Before boarding the train, he visited a memorial monument for Russia's unknown soldiers to lay a wreath.

On Thursday, Kim held his much anticipated summit with Putin, during which he stressed his "unwavering" resolve to deepen Pyongyang-Moscow ties, with his Russian counterpart calling for a peaceful resolution of the North's nuclear quandary.

Flanked by top party, military and state officials, Kim began his three-day visit to Russia, the first one since he took power in late 2011, on Wednesday.

The trip came amid his push to break a logjam in a denuclearization parley with the United States, ease sanctions pressure and catalyze his drive for economic development.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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