NKorea denies Beijing visit by Kim's son: Chinese report
BEIJING, June 17 (AFP) Jun 17, 2009
North Korea has denied a report that its leader Kim Jong-Il's third son visited Beijing earlier this month, Chinese state media quoted a Pyongyang diplomat as saying Wednesday.
The Global Times carried the denial one day after Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper said that Kim Jong-Un arrived for the secret visit by air around June 10 and met Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior Chinese leaders.
"In my view, it is groundless reporting," a diplomat at the North Korean embassy in Beijing told the Global Times, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The diplomat said Japanese media used "fabricated facts" in their news reports, the paper said.
The Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday that during the visit, a North Korean aide told the Chinese side that Kim had unofficially been anointed to succeed his father.
During Kim's meetings with top Chinese officials, Hu also urged North Korea not to conduct a third nuclear test or further missile launches, the Asahi report said.
An official with the political affairs department at the North Korean embassy in Beijing refused comment when contacted by AFP Wednesday.
"We don't have good feelings of the media," he said, declining to give his name. "The media always do their reporting based on guesswork. Nothing they report is objective."All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.