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President Vladimir Putin will meet with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un in Russia on Thursday. This was announced by the presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov in Moscow. The two politicians will meet in the eastern Russian port city of Vladivostok near the border with North Korea. It is the first Russian-North Korean summit since Kim came to power in 2011. At that time, the late Kim Jong Il met with Dmitri Medvedev. Medvedev is currently prime minister.
Kim travels to the neighboring country at Putin's invitation. The Russian agency Interfax wrote that he was expected in an armored train around 10 a.m. (local time, 2 a.m. CET) at a Russian border station, citing unspecified sources. At the station with the name Hassan, Kim will make a short stop and visit a house where his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung stayed for a short time while traveling.
So far, Russia and North Korea have confirmed preparations for a meeting, but have given no information about the location or the time of the meeting. A Kremlin spokesman repeatedly justified this with security concerns. Recently there were pictures from Vladivostok that streets were decorated with flags of both countries.
According to Ushakov, the two heads of state want to talk about North Korea's controversial nuclear armament. Kim is likely to seek support for the economic development of his country. Moscow is campaigning for sanctions to be relaxed in return for Pyongyang's concession on the controversial nuclear program. According to Russian media reports, the current issue is that tens of thousands of North Korean guest workers would have to leave the country. Russia and North Korea share a short border.
Moscow is said to have an interest in greater access to North Korea's natural resources, especially rare metals. Pyongyang, however, depends on Russian energy supplies. It also wants to encourage Russian investments to modernize obsolete industrial plants, railways, and other Soviet-era infrastructure.
While Kim meets with Putin, tensions between North Korea and the US government are still present. A second summit meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump was canceled in Hanoi in February with no tangible results. The US is calling for nuclear disarmament and a halt to the missile program in the largely isolated and sanctioned country. North Korea wants sanctions to be relaxed and recently tested weapons publicly for the first time in a long time.
The leadership in Pyongyang vented their displeasure last week - among other things because of the unyielding position of the US government in the sanctions imposed on North Korea. She also no longer wants to negotiate with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over her controversial nuclear program. Pompeo rejected this request.
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