Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Vladivostok

This is the first summit between the two men. After the failure of his two meetings with US President Trump, Kim Jung-a seeks to break his diplomatic isolation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia this month to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin announced on Thursday. This will be the first summit between the two men.

The Kremlin did not give more details in the statement posted on its website.

Kim Jong-un, who came to power in 2011 on the death of his father, seeks to break his diplomatic isolation. He held two summits with US President Donald Trump. The first took place in Singapore last June and the second, late February in Hanoi, failed.

The United States is seeking to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons, and the North Koreans want the lifting of international sanctions against their country because of their atomic and military ballistic programs.

Contact problem
Kim Jong-un witnessed Wednesday the test of a new tactical weapon, the first since the failure of the Hanoi summit.

On Thursday, the Pyongyang government announced that it no longer wanted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the interlocutor and that he wanted to discuss now with a responsible “more careful and more mature in the way he communicates”.

According to the Russian Izvestia newspaper, quoting a diplomatic source, the Putin-Kim summit will probably take place next week in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, before the Russian president will visit China on April 26 and 27.

Towards a “total and verifiable denuclearization” of North Korea?
It is not known how Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia, which has a small land border with North Korea of ​​19 kilometers.

North Korean official Kim Chang Son visited Vladivostok this week. He was seen on Wednesday while inspecting the city’s train station, reports the Russian news agency RIA.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met here on Thursday in Moscow with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

The two men, during a “constructive” interview, discussed ways to achieve a “total, definitive and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea,” said the US Embassy in Russia.

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