(SEOUL) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il was spotted Friday at a hotel in northern China, South Korean officials confirmed. There is speculation as to why the North Korean leader is in the country, but reports say he may be there to strengthen economic ties with one of the few countries he considers an ally.
Earlier media reports identified Kim's son, heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, as the individual who made the trip across the Chinese border city of Tumen. It was not immediately clear, however, whether the North Korean leader's youngest son did, in fact, accompany his father on the trip.
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