First Putin-Kim Summit Held in Vladivostok

Above North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a welcome ceremony after arriving at Vladivostok railway station in his private train yesterday. Right Bodyguards around a limousine that was part of Mr Kim's motorcade outside Vladivostok railway sta

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said Putin and Kim will discuss questions surrounding North Korea's nuclear ambitions as well as bilateral issues.

In the briefing, Kim said the two countries "have a long friendship and history" and that he hopes to develop relations to become "more firm and whole".

Putin praised Kim's efforts to improve ties with the United States.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that he thought US security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear program.

After three summits between the South and the North as well as two Trump-Kim summits, Moon says tensions have lessened and the possibility of peace and denuclearisation through dialogue is within reach.

"North Korea will not give up the only guarantee of the survival of the North Korean state and its regime", Trenin said. "And Russia has been seeking a chance to become involved more in the Korean Peninsula".

"The failure of that meeting to produce an agreement was, analysts say, an embarrassment to Kim, especially to the North Korean domestic audience", Kuhn reported.

North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as United States hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety, including the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, April 25, 2019.

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He also congratulated the Russian leader on his re-election to another six-year term last year. I mean, he was a pariah a year ago.

"And to show that he is doing great on foreign policy".

Although the meetings have raised Kim's global stature, they have failed to reduce the sanctions pressure hurting his economy.

Since the Trump-Kim talks in February ended without a deal because of disputes over USA -led sanctions, there have been no publicly known high-level contacts between the US and North Korea - although both sides say they are still open to a third summit. Putin is expected to propose modest financial support, because Russian Federation will not openly flout the economic sanctions and sees North Korea as a questionable investment.

Russian Federation has been sidelined in negotiations on North Korea's nuclear arsenal, especially over the past year as the two Koreas and the USA have held a series of working-level talks and summits.

"This is primarily due to the fact that Russian Federation is forced to follow worldwide sanctions that were imposed on the DPRK", said Ushakov, using the acronym for North Korea's official name. Russia, for one, could use its position as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to rally support for the North Korean cause.

Sanctions: Because neither the United States nor the United Nations (as a result of Washington's veto on the Security Council) is likely to lift sanctions against North Korea anytime soon, Pyongyang is focusing its efforts on enlisting worldwide backing to erode the severity of the measures.

For Putin, hosting Kim gives him a chance to remain a player in a security dispute shaped mainly by the USA and China. "Chairman Kim and myself, we want to do the right deal", Trump said at the time.

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