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N Korea at crossroads

Kim tours Beijing medicine plant in search of economic remedies

North Korean leader emphasizes industrial growth before heading home

Armed police officers stand guard outside a Beijing medicine factory that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly visited on Wednesday.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a famed herbal medicine maker in Beijing on Wednesday during his fourth trip to China, as he searches for new avenues for economic development.

Kim spent about 30 minutes at Beijing Tong Ren Tang's factory in the capital's Economic Technological Development Area. He received a rundown from company officials on state-of-the-art production lines making traditional medicine from animal horns and herbs. Later, the North Korean leader and his entourage apparently departed for home from Beijing Railway Station.

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