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N. Korean leader leaves Beijing after visit to technology center

BEIJING, May 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il departed from Beijing on Thursday, the seventh day of his secretive trip, after holding talks Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao on expanding bilateral economic and political relations.

Kim's special train left Beijing Station at around 2:19 p.m.(local time) and headed north apparently towards China's northeastern region bordering North Korea.

The direction of Kim's train ride indicates he was on his way back home via Shenyang and Dandong, though the possibility of the leader stopping over at an unexpected location cannot be ruled out.

Kim, who met with Hu for over three hours of summit talks and dinner at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday, visited Beijing's Zhongguancun technology zone together with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang before heading for the capital's train station.