Kim Chang-son, Kim’s de facto chief of staff often referred to by media as the "butler" to the North Korean leader, was seen by the FNN reporters inspecting the surroundings of the Vladivostok train station in the afternoon earlier in the day. The media outlet also published a close-up photo of the North Korean official next to the station.
This comes as the Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, citing a source, that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim could take place during the Russian president's likely trip to the Far East around April 24.
Another source told the agency that a meeting could take place before or after a forum on China’s Belt and Road Initiative scheduled to take place in Beijing on 26-27 April. Putin is expected to visit the forum.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that he could not confirm media reports on the prospective meeting between Kim and Putin, although he said that the summit was being prepared.