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North Korea confirms leader Kim Jong Un to visit Russia for summit with Putin

 

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FILE PHOTO: A combination of file photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019 and Russia's President Vladimir Putin looking on during a joint news conference with South African President Jacob Zuma after their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Krasnodar region, Russia, May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

 

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean state media confirmed.

 

With his Russia visit, North Korea's Kim is seen working to build up foreign support for his economic development plans, since the breakdown of the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi in February led to stalled talks with Washington on the sanctions relief Pyongyang had sought.

 

State media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the visit will happen "soon," but did not elaborate the time or the venue.

 

Putin and Kim are on track to meet by the end of April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

 

Kim Jong Un's chief aide, Kim Chang Son, was seen in Vladivostok on Sunday according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, leading to speculation that the Putin-Kim summit will be held in the city around April 24-25.

 

NK News, a group that follows North Korea, showed photos on its website on Monday of preparations underway at Vladivostok's Far Eastern Federal University, likely to host part of the summit, with workers installing North Korean and Russian flags.

 

After the diplomatic failure at the Hanoi summit, Kim is likely looking to prove that he is still being sought after by world leaders, and that he has more options, said Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok.

 

"Kim does not want to look too dependent on Washington, Beijing and Seoul," he said. "As for Russia, the Putin-Kim summit will reaffirm Moscow's place as a major player on the Korean Peninsula. This meeting is important for Russian international prestige."

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee and Josh Smith; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

 

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Nice to see young Kim getting out a bit.  My prediction: sometime in the next 20 years North Korea will be the darling of Emerging Market investors. Of course they may be a war in the interim.

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2 hours ago, Tug said:

Oh dear won’t Donald be jealous maybe they have an (open) relationship lol they will probably break out of sanctions with Putin’s help and just tell Donald to stuff it

don't see why Trump would be jealous, he loves both of them...probably won't mind a threesome. Trump wanted to ease sanctions on Kim because of his good behavior. 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin,

To be shortly followed by Iranian and Venezuelan leaders.... MAGA... building a new world order.  

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From an RT programme the reason for a meeting with Putin is Russia is looking to get orders for building infrastructure in Nth Korea.  

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Kim is a fat fool, but maybe someone in N Korea has been able to convince him that it's not a good idea to be in any way dependent on the (US) dollar-dominated world.  From the Russians he may learn how to lessen the pain of economic sanctions (the Russians have considerably reduced the dollar amount of their currency reserves).

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1 hour ago, farcanell said:

To be shortly followed by Iranian and Venezuelan leaders.... MAGA... building a new world order.  

He can't get to Venezuela by train, his preferred mode of transport.

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56 minutes ago, geoffbezoz said:

He can't get to Venezuela by train, his preferred mode of transport.

I actually meant that they (Iran and Venezuela) would go to Putin’s house, too.

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2 hours ago, Kwasaki said:

From an RT programme the reason for a meeting with Putin is Russia is looking to get orders for building infrastructure in Nth Korea.  

And North Korea would pay them how? It's not exactly flush with cash, is it?

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18 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

And North Korea would pay them how? It's not exactly flush with cash, is it?

Dunno I'm not an economist but if you can build Nukes you could pay somehow for bridges and roads.

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1 hour ago, bristolboy said:

And North Korea would pay them how? It's not exactly flush with cash, is it?

A nation achieving its foreign policy objectives doesn't always require cash:

  • Moscow’s importance to be seen as an active and respected participant in the resolution of Korean issues.
  • Moscow will also likely seek North Korean commitments to support Russia’s long-standing proposals for a Trans-Siberian, Trans-Korean railway and gas pipeline and the use of Russian energy as the basis for a Northeast Asian “super grid” to provide the entire region with electric power.
  • Moscow champions the restoration of the Six-Party Process to ensure Russia’s inclusion in any kind of process that will change regional dynamics.

https://www.38north.org/2019/04/sblank042219/

Conversely, Russia may be willing to provide North Korea with cash incentives to promote Russian foreign policies in the Korean region and beyond to dilute US hegemony in Asia-Pacific regions.

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1 hour ago, Kwasaki said:

Dunno I'm not an economist but if you can build Nukes you could pay somehow for bridges and roads.

Really? Maybe if you want to sacrifice building those nukes for bridges and roads.  But North Korea is constantly scrambling for cash and seems to have no inclination to stop developing its nuclear program and much less dismantiling it.

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4 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

A nation achieving its foreign policy objectives doesn't always require cash:

  • Moscow’s importance to be seen as an active and respected participant in the resolution of Korean issues.
  • Moscow will also likely seek North Korean commitments to support Russia’s long-standing proposals for a Trans-Siberian, Trans-Korean railway and gas pipeline and the use of Russian energy as the basis for a Northeast Asian “super grid” to provide the entire region with electric power.
  • Moscow champions the restoration of the Six-Party Process to ensure Russia’s inclusion in any kind of process that will change regional dynamics.

https://www.38north.org/2019/04/sblank042219/

Conversely, Russia may be willing to provide North Korea with cash incentives to promote Russian foreign policies in the Korean region and beyond to dilute US hegemony in Asia-Pacific regions.

Russia doesn't have a lot of cash to spare either. There's already a lot of grumbling and discontent in Russia over the expenditures for its Syrian venture. Putin's popularity is down,

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3 hours ago, bristolboy said:

Really? Maybe if you want to sacrificebuilding those nukes for bridges and roads.  But North Korea is constantly scrambling for cash and seems to have no inclination to stop developing its nuclear program and much less dismantiling it.

So what I don't want sacrifice anything.

Scrambling for cash, where did you get that from have you seen there army parades.

Stop the US sanctions and there would be a better future for Nth Korea and the region.

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