VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a war memorial near the headquarters of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet as he wrapped up his visit to the Russian Far East following a summit with President Vladimir Putin. Kim arrived at the memorial in Vladivostok on Friday. He took off his fedora and bowed after laying flowers at the memorial as a Russian military band played North Korea's national anthem. Kim and Putin met on Thursday where the North says they held deep discussions to boost "strategic communication and tactical collaboration" over issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang's state media did not report on any specific agreement
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) - Putin says Russia supports Kim Jong Un's efforts to normalize North Korea's relations with the United States.
The two leaders greeted each other warmly on Thursday before heading for a one-on-one meeting at the Far Eastern State University on the Russky Island near Vladivostok, Presstv Reported. At their opening remarks, the Russian and North Korean leaders hailed their countries' long history of ties, and Putin said he sought to help calm tensions on the Korean Peninsula. “I am confident your visit today to Russia will help us to better understand how we can resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula and what Russia can do to support the positive processes currently taking place,” Putin said, apparently referring to North Korea's diplomatic engagement with its long-time rival South and the United States.
Kim's remarks were seen as keeping pressure on the United States to be more flexible in accepting Pyongyang's demands to ease sanctions, compared to the U.S. stance during his unsuccessful second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February. The North Korean leader said at the time he would wait until the end of the year for the United States to become more flexible. "The situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point where it may return to its original state as the U.S. took a unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-U.S. summit talks," KCNA reported Kim as saying, using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
If North Korea is given security guarantees, Kim Jong Un would be willing to denuclearize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Kim on Thursday. Their first face-to-face meeting took place on Russky Island in eastern Russia. No major agreements came out of the meeting between the two leaders. But they said they were satisfied with the talks, which lasted two hours — twice as long as originally planned. According to Putin, they exchanged opinions on what should be done to improve the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Kim described the conversation as "candid and meaningful." Russian state TV reported that several bottles of champagne were brought into the room where the delegations
SEOUL - When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, one man was conspicuous by his absence. Kim Yong Chol - a hard-line veteran, four-star general, former spy chief and one of Kim Jong Un's closest aides - was nowhere to be seen. Until now, Kim Yong Chol had been at the forefront of North Korea's diplomatic outreach and in charge of denuclearization talks with the United States, personally delivering a letter from his leader to President Trump in January, and acting as counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But South Korea's National Intelligence Service believes that Kim Yong Chol has been removed from his post as head of the