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Did KJI Make Hasty Retreat from Beijing?

JoongAng citing an anonymous source reports that Kim Jong Il departed Beijing ahead of schedule after being informed China would only assist the DPRK in the boundaries of UN sanctions.  Earlier reports said KJI left Beijing without attending the Pibada Opera’s performance of A Dream of Red Mansions because his interactions with Chinese leaders exceeded his expectations.

China told North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during his recent visit that it will respect international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang and refused to provide extraordinary economic assistance, an informed source here told the JoongAng Ilbo.

According to the source, the Chinese government’s position prompted Kim to cut short his stay in China.

“At the luncheon between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Kim on May 6, the Chinese government informed the North that China will not provide aid outside the framework of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang,” the source said.

“After Beijing’s position was explained, Kim shortened his schedule in China.”

Kim’s trip in China lasted from May 2 to 7. Although sources said Kim was to attend the North Korean Pibada Opera Company’s performance of “A Dream of Red Mansions” with Chinese leaders on the evening of May 6, he canceled at the last minute and rushed home.

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