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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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      Putin added that Russia and the US share interest in denuclearization of Korean Peninsula.

      "Chairman Kim Jong Un is a quite open person, he talks frankly about all the issues on the agenda - bilateral relations, sanctions, the United Nations, their [Pyongyang's] relations with the United States, of course, about the most important topic, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Putin told reporters.

      The Russian president said he had had a detailed discussion with Kim on various aspects of these issues.

      "I can confirm that he is an interesting person to talk to, with a lot of meaningful things to say," Putin added.

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      Putin Says Situation on Korean Peninsula Stabilizing Thanks to Kim's Initiatives

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a reception following his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had been stabilizing over the recent months thanks to Kim's numerous initiatives.

      "We see that thanks to the many initiatives of comrade Kim Jong Un, the situation around the Korean Peninsula has stabilized in recent months," Putin said.

      The Russian president added that there were no alternatives to a peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear problem.

    • 10:53

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    • 10:03

      Kim Says Exchange With Putin on Issues of Mutual Interest Was 'Fruitful'

      North Korean President Kim Jong-un thanked on Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin for a substantive tete-a-tete dialogue on the issues of mutual interest and expressed hope the negotiations would continue in a similarly constructive way.

      "I am very happy to meet with you, Mr. President, and with Russian friends," Kim said at the beginning of the talks with Putin in the expanded format, thanking Putin for finding time for the meeting and convening "warm greetings on behalf of [the North Korean] government and people."

      "I've come to Russia to exchange views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is now one of the most pressing issues of the international agenda, to discuss ways of peaceful settlement of this issue and also to exchange views on developing our bilateral relations in line with demands of the new century," Kim said.

      "Mr. President, we have just had a very substantive exchange of views tete-a-tete on the issues of mutual interests and pressing issues. I would like to thank you for time I spent with great pleasure. I hope that our negotiations will similarly continue in a useful and constructive way," Kim added.

    • 09:25

      Putin Says He's Had Substantive Tete-a-Tete Talks With Kim

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he had had a substantive dialogue with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and bilateral ties.

      "We have just had very substantive tete-a-tete talks. We have managed to discuss the history of our interstate relations, we have discussed their current state, about prospects for the development of bilateral ties," Putin said at the beginning of the talks with Kim in the expanded format.

      "We have, of course, addressed the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We have exchanged views on how and what should be done so that this situation has good prospects for improvement," Putin added.

      The Russian president also thanked Kim for accepting the invitation to come to Russia.

      Earlier in the day, the two leaders had almost two-hour long tete-a-tete talks.

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      Putin Confident Kim's Visit to Help Boost Bilateral Ties, Contribute to Korean Settlement

      The Russia visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will give additional impetus to Moscow-Pyongyang ties and contribute to the peaceful settlement on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his first summit with Kim, which is taking place in Vladivostok.

      "I am confident that your current visit to Russia will contribute to the development of bilateral relations and help us better understand the ways to settle the situation on the Korean Peninsula, what we can do together, what Russia can do to support those positive processes that are taking place today," Putin said.

      The president added that he was pleased to welcome Kim in Russia.

      He also recalled that last year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and shared memories about his visit to North Korea in 2000.

      "I remember my visit to your country. Your father was one of the initiators of signing a fundamental treaty — the treaty of friendship between our countries," he said.

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      Putin Welcomes Kim in Russia, Congratulates North Korean Leader on Re-Election

      Russian President Vladimir Putin told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he welcomed him in Russia and congratulated him on the recent re-election.

      "I welcome you in Russia. Our colleagues have been arranging this meeting for a long time. But first of all, I would like to congratulate you on being elected for North Korea's top position. I have already sent you a corresponding letter, but want take the chance to congratulate you in person," Putin said, adding that there was yet a lot to do for the development of bilateral relations.

    • 07:47

      Kim Expresses Hope Summit With Putin to Help Address Korean Peninsula's Nuclear Issue

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday expressed hope that his first-ever meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would help address tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

      "I would also like to say that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now gaining a lot of attention from the entire international community. I hope that our talks will become an important event for assessing this situation together, exchanging our views on this situation and settling this issue together," Kim said through an interpreter at his talks with Putin.

      "I hope that we will have a substantive exchange of views," Kim added.

    • 07:31

      Kim Thanks Putin for Invitation and for Travelling All the Way From Moscow

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the invitation to their first-ever summit in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok and his travel from Moscow to the meeting.

      "I would like to thank you, dear Mr. President, for inviting me and finding time for my visit despite being extremely busy, as well as traveling thousands of kilometers to come here from Moscow and meet me," Kim said at the beginning of the talks with Putin.

       

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      Kim Jong-un Expresses Hope That Summit With Putin Will Benefit Bilateral Relations

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told Russian President Vladimir Putin at the beginning of their first-ever summit on Thursday that he hoped the meeting would help strengthen relations between Moscow and Pyongyang.

      "As you noted, I also hope that our meeting, Mr. President, will be help in strengthening traditionally friendly and in-depth relations between North Korea and Russia," Kim said at the beginning of the talks with Putin.

       

    • 06:30

      Putin Arrives at Russky Island by Helicopter for Talks With Kim

      VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's helicopter has landed on a helipad near the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) on the Russky Island, where the Russian president is set to hold the first-ever summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later on Thursday, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      The police closed off the road leading to the helipad. It is expected that the Russian president will proceed to the campus, which will be the venue of his talks with Kim, by a motorcade.

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      Putin Arrives in Vladivostok For First Summit With Kim Jong Un

      VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the city of Vladivostok where he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later on Thursday.

      The summit will be held in the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).

      Kim arrived at the Russian Far Eastern city on Wednesday by train. After taking part in a welcoming ceremony, he left for the FEFU campus, where he is staying in one of the hotel buildings.    

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