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Korean leader meets Russian president to confront America



After the failure of his summit with Trump North Korean media reported Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia "soon" for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirming a previous Kremlin declaration on the visit

The North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a brief statement that Kim will visit the Russian Federation soon by inviting "Putin" for talks

But the Kremlin said last week that the two leaders would meet in Russia "in the second half of April" without giving further details

The meeting is expected to take place in the eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on Wednesday or Thursday

The summit will be the first between the leaders of Russia and North Korea since Kim Jong Il met the father of the current leader Dmitry Medvedev eight years ago

Russia maintains relatively warm relations with Pyongyang, has already provided some food aid, and Putin has always expressed readiness to meet the North Korean leader

The meeting comes less than two months after the end of the second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi without reaching agreement on North Korea's nuclear arsenal



Trump and Kim opened the door for direct dialogue in June after months of debate and mutual military threats

North Korea remained among the so-called "axis of evil", which includes anti-Western countries, led by the United States

Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump signed a vague declaration on nuclear disarmament at their landmark summit in Singapore in June

Analysts say Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping four times in a year but is now looking for broader international support in his confrontation with Washington

Moscow called for easing international sanctions against North Korea, while the United States accused it of trying to help Pyongyang avoid some sanctions, charges Russia denies

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