Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed after arranging his first face-to-face discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that the safety confirmations by the US would possibly not be sufficient to follow Pyongyang to shut its nuclear programme.
Putin and Kim arranged a day of discussions on an island in the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok, two months after the summit between Kim and the US President Donald Trump ended in disagreement, weakening the expectations of a breakthrough in the decades-long nuclear row.
The discussions between Kim and Putin did not appear to have relented any major breakthrough. But Putin, interested to use the summit to shine the diplomatic credentials of Russia as an international player, claimed he believed any US covenants might be required to be supported by the other nations involved in preceding six-way discussions on the nuclear issue.
That would push South Korea, Japan, as well as the United States, China, including Russia to a long-establishing format which has been avoided by relating US efforts to break a deal.
Putin claimed to the reporters after discussions with Kim, “they (the North Koreans) only need guarantees about their security. That’s it. All of us together need to think about this ”.
He also added, “ I’m deeply convinced that if we get to a situation when some kind of security guarantees are needed from one party, in this case for North Korea, that it won’t be possible to get by without international guarantees. It’s unlikely that any agreements between the two countries will be enough.”
Putin professed that such guarantees would have to be global, legally binding and also certifying for the dominion of North Korea.
The two leaders surfaced for getting on well. The first session between Kim and Putin embracing one-on-one discussions with just a few assistants present remained twice as long as the allocated schedule of 50 minutes.
Putin recounted Kim as “quite open” and as “ thoughtful and interesting”. Pledging to brief the US and Chinese leadership about his discussions, according to Putin, a deal on the nuclear programme of Pyongyang was possible and that the way to get there was to shift forward step-by-step in order to gain trust.
There was no urgent comment on the summit from the US State Department, but the Us ambassador William Hagerty told a Washington think tank the extension to Russia and China played an important role for seeking relief from international approvals, which are both committed to.