Blackout curtains and tight security have created a shroud of secrecy around the North Koreans who arrived in Beijing on Monday aboard a train that looks suspiciously like the one that transported Kim Jong-il, the former dictator, to the Chinese capital in 2011.
The result is feverish speculation that Kim Jong-un is making his first overseas visit since inheriting North Korea from his father in late 2011. Or that he has dispatched Kim Yo-jong, his younger sister, in much the same way as she was sent on a bridge-building mission to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February.
But whoever crossed the Friendship Bridge over the Yalu River on Monday, the heightened…
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