Kim Jong Un arrives in Russian Federation ahead of Putin summit

North Korea's Kim arrives in Russia for summit with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was looking forward to his first talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in the country on Wednesday, seeking support in Pyongyang's nuclear deadlock with the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution by firing squad of four foreign ministry officials after the failure of his Hanoi summit with Donald Trump, a report has claimed.

After its wee-hour departure from an undisclosed North Korean station and a stopover in the Russian border city of Khasan, Kim's special train pulled into the Pacific port city where Russian police have kept tight security for his first visit to the country since he took power in late 2011.

Kozhemyako described the menu as "the dishes that distinguish the traditional Russian cuisine" - as requested by the North Korean delegation - but that some North Korean dishes may also appear as Kim brought personal chefs with him.

Putin's adviser added that the Kremlin would try to help "create preconditions and a favorable atmosphere for reaching solid agreements on the problem of the Korean Peninsula".

Kim Yong Chol has been the head of the United Front Department, the North Korean Workers' Party apparatus which handles ties with South Korea and increasingly with the United States.

"I hope that this visit will be successful and useful", Mr Kim told Russian television in the Russian town of Khasan where his train crossed the border.

Putin was due to arrive in Vladivostok on Thursday, then fly on after the talks for another summit in Beijing.

"In the last few months the situation around the peninsula has stabilised somewhat, thanks in large part to North Korea's initiatives of stopping rocket testing and closing its nuclear test site", Ushakov said.

Analysts say he is now looking for wider global support in his standoff with Washington.

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One North Korean sanctions complaint that could find a receptive audience in Russian Federation is the Security Council requirement that countries expel North Korean guest workers by the end of the year.

Moscow was a crucial backer of Pyongyang for decades and their ties go back to the founding of North Korea, when the Soviet Union installed Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung as leader.

It is Kim's first trip to Russian Federation, and the first visit of a North Korean leader since Kim's father met with then-President Dimitry Medvedev in 2011.

Kim said the summit will be a "starting point for productive talks on cooperation", Vesti TV reported him as saying in an interview.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed four foreign ministry officials sold information to the United States ahead of the February nuclear summit.

It also stressed that Russian Federation would be the first country that Kim visits after his recent re-election as the chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the country's highest administrative apparatus.

Hawks like Kim Yong Chol have sought to retain the status of nuclear weapons state by offering partial denuclearisation in exchange for the lifting of key sanctions, he said.

"It is Chairman Kim's commitment to denuclearisation upon which the world is focused", he said.

Trump and Kim met in June 2018 - the first ever meeting between a US president and the leader of North Korea - in an historic summit in which both leaders signalled a desire to improve relations.

Security guards at the entrance to the campus were stopping and searching vehicles as they drove in.

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