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Putin to meet North Korea’s Kim in Russia on Thursday, Kremlin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia on Thursday, presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Moscow, 23 April 2019 (MIA/dpa) – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia on Thursday, presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

The meeting will take place in the eastern port city of Vladivostok, which lies near the border with China and North Korea.

It will be Kim’s first official visit to Russia.

Following Tuesday’s announcement, pictures from Vladivostok showed the streets decorated with Russian and North Korean flags.

Kim is expected to arrive at the Russian border station in Khasan via armoured train on Wednesday around 10 am (0000 GMT), Interfax reported, without specifying its sources.

The North Korean leader is due to make a brief stop there to visit a house where his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, also made stops during their travels.

Kim has held two summits with US President Donald Trump as the United States, an ally of South Korea, seeks denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have continued to simmer in the wake of the two summits, with North Korea recently calling for the replacement of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a negotiator.

In addition to the increasing hostility toward Pompeo, North Korea last week tested a “new type of tactical guided weapon,” its state news agency reported. It was the country’s first known weapons test since February’s failed US-North Korea summit in Hanoi.

Russia and North Korea had recently acknowledged preparations for a meeting but declined to name a time or place, with a Kremlin spokesman citing security concerns.

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