The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit arranged to present that Washington is not only power to fix the agenda of the nuclear programme of Pyongyang.
Diminishing the expectations of a resolution in the decades-long nuclear row, after two months of the diplomatic summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, which ended in an argument, the two men will sit down on an island of the Pacific city of Russia, Vladivostok.
The summit in Vladivostok – the first ever between Kim and Putin – provides Pyongyang with a possibility for seeking support from a new quarter, Russia and possible discount from the approvals hit its economy.
For the Kremlin, the diplomatic summit is a chance for presenting it is a global diplomatic player, despite attempts by the United States and the other Western States to separate it.
But the Moscow pledged to uphold approvals until the North Korean disassembles its nuclear programme, analysts said the summit was supposed to emerge any substantial assistance for Pyongyang, beyond a show of solidarity.
In an interview with Russian State television as his train made a stop on the journey to Vladivostok, Kil said he was looking forward to the useful discussions. He said through a translator, “I hope that we can discuss concrete questions about peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, and our bilateral relations ”.
Making his first trip to Russia as North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un reached the train station in Vladivostok on board a bulletproof train -his favored mode of international transport.
After, a short detaining while the train had to be replaced in the line up with the red carpet set down on the platform, he arrived and headed in a convoy of limousines and minivans across a bridge involving mainland Vladivostok to Russky island, in the summit venue. Putin has yet to reach in Vladivostok.
The last summit of Putin with North Korean leader was in 2002 while his counterpart was Kim Jong II, father of Kim Jong Un and predecessor. Kim Jong II also met in 2011 with Putin lieutenant Dmitry Medvedev who was the Russian President of that time.
There was intensified security around Vladivostok in the arrangement for the summit, with an unconventional presence of police, especially at the university campus on Russky island where the discussions will occur. Classes were still on progress on Wednesday but students were keeping their documents checked on the way in, and no vehicles were allowed to enter the campus. The North Korean and Russian flags flitted around the lamp-posts around the university.