Reports: North Korea's Kim headed for east China

By the Associated Press | May 22, 2011 | 1:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A South Korean news agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is headed for eastern China as part of a trip to his country's most important ally.

The Yonhap news agency cited unidentified diplomatic sources as saying Kim is traveling by train Sunday to Yangzhou, a city near Shanghai. South Korean broadcaster YTN says he might be headed to Shanghai.

China's government has not confirmed whether the North Korean leader is visiting.

Kim apparently arrived in China on Friday on what is believed to be his third trip to the country in just over a year. Such visits are widely seen as aimed at shoring up support for his isolated government and faltering economy.