Published: Thu, April 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russia’s Putin arrives for summit with North Korea’s Kim

Russia’s Putin arrives for summit with North Korea’s Kim

Kim's first trip to Russian Federation comes about two months after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, which failed because of disputes over U.S. -led sanctions on the North.

He told Russia's state-owned Rossiya-24 that he was hoping for a "successful and useful" visit and would like to discuss with Putin the "settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula" as well as bilateral ties.

The talks, only confirmed at the last minute, will be Kim's first face-to-face meeting with another head of state since returning from his Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump, which broke down in February without a deal on the North's nuclear arsenal.

Some experts say Mr Kim could try to bolster his country's ties with Russian Federation and China.

Thursday's summit reflects Russia's effort to position itself as an essential player in the North Korean nuclear standoff.

North Korea has removed Kim Yong Chol, leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's counterpart, from a top post, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday citing a South Korean parliament official.

The leader of North Korea, whose government has told the United Nations it is facing food shortfalls this year, will also be keen to see Moscow continue or boost its aid.

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"Without question we welcome your efforts to develop dialogue between the Koreas, and to normalise North Korean-US relations", Mr Putin said.

Among the issues likely to be on the table is the fate of some 10,000 North Korean labourers working in Russian Federation and due to leave by the end of this year under sanctions.

The Vladivostok meeting follows repeated invitations from Putin since Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures previous year.

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un officially kicked off a historic summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Thursday. Former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung was notorious for playing China and the Soviet Union off of each other in order to maximize foreign investment.

Mr Kim wants the U.S. to ease the sanctions to reciprocate for some partial disarmament steps he took past year. Others say it's not clear how big of a role Russian Federation can play in efforts to restart the nuclear negotiations. Follow live updates on talks between the North Korea, Russia leaders.

The summit could allow Putin to try to increase his influence in regional politics and the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Wednesday, a day before talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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