North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was looking forward to his first talks with President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in Russia on Wednesday seeking support in Pyongyang’s nuclear deadlock with the United States. Putin was due to arrive in Vladivostok on Thursday, then fly on after the talks for another summit in Beijing. Island venueRussian and North Korean flags were flying on lamp posts on Vladivostok’s Russky island, where the summit is expected to take place at a university campus. The talks follow repeated invitations from Putin since Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures last year. Soon after his first election as Russian president, Putin sought to normalize relations and met Kim Jong Il — the current leader’s father and predecessor — three times.
Source: Egypt Independent April 24, 2019 11:48 UTC