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    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Heads Home After Russian Journey That Raised Concern About Weapons Deals

    North Korea's Kim Jong Un Heads Home After Russian Journey That Raised Concern About Weapons Deals

    , South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was on his way home Sunday from Russia, ending a six-day trip that triggered global concerns about weapons transfer deals between the two countries locked in separate standoffs with the West.

    Kim's armored train departed to the sound of the Russian patriotic march song “Farewell of Slavianka” at the end of a farewell ceremony at a railway station in Artyom, a far eastern Russian city about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the border with North Korea, Russia's state news agency RIA reported.

    Senior officials including Russia's Minister of Natural Resources Alexander Kozlov and Primorye regional Gov. Oleg Kozhemyako were present at the ceremony, which featured a Russian band playing both North Korean and Russian national anthems.

    It was Kim's longest foreign travel since he took in late 2011. Observers said Kim was expected to return to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, around Monday afternoon.

    Since entering Russia last Tuesday in his first overseas trip in more than four years, Kim had met President Vladimir Putin and visited key military and technology sites, underscoring the countries' deepening defense cooperation in the face of separate, intensifying confrontations with the U.S. and its allies. Foreign officials and experts have said North Korea could provide badly needed munitions for Moscow's war on in exchange for…

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