LIVE UPDATES: First Putin-Kim Summit Held in Vladivostok

© Sputnik / Valery Melnikov / Go to the photo bankRussian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vladivostok on 25 April, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Vladivostok on 25 April, 2019 - Sputnik International
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VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East on Thursday, marking not only the first-ever summit between the two leaders, but also Kim’s first overseas trip since his reelection as chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said that talks will start as a tete-a-tete between the leaders and then continue in meetings that will include other officials. The talks will largely focus on a political and diplomatic resolution to the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, according to Ushakov.   

The talks will largely focus on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, according to Ushakov. At the same time, Japan’s NHK broadcaster reported, citing an unnamed high-ranking Russian official, that Putin was expected to suggest to Kim to resume the six-party nuclear talks, which were discontinued in 2009 after North Korea withdrew from the negotiations. Russia has reportedly informed the United States and China about its plans.

The leaders do not plan to issue a joint statement or sign documents after the talks, according to the Kremlin.

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