Russia confirms North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Moscow media reports.
A senior aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in Moscow, apparently to discuss holding Kim’s first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. and North Korea hit another major stumbling block in the wake of the no-agreement Hanoi summit, the two allies also agreed to “bolster up mutual support and collaboration in tackling the issue of the Korean peninsula and on the international arena.”
This meeting and others between the two sides this month, KCNA reported, are part of efforts to “steadily develop the traditional and strategic DPRK-Russia relations this year marking the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the DPRK-Russia agreement on economic and cultural cooperation.”
Diplomatic sources say Kim Chang Son arrived in Moscow via Beijing on Tuesday.
The official, sometimes dubbed Kim’s “butler”, visited Singapore and Vietnam ahead of the US-North Korea summit meetings, and inspected their venues and hotels.
Putin has asked Kim Jong Un to visit Russia. Last week, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Im Chon Il met his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov in Moscow. They are believed to have discussed possible dates for the summit.