Published: Tue, April 23, 2019

North Korean leader to visit Russian Federation soon for talks with Putin - KCNA

North Korean leader to visit Russian Federation soon for talks with Putin - KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, North Korean state media said on Tuesday, and a Russian news report said the leaders will meet on April 25 in Vladivostok.

The Korean Central News Agency released a statement Tuesday saying Kim would soon pay a visit to the Russian Federation at Putin's invitation.

The remarks were relatively mild for a figure whom the North has in the past described as "human scum" and a "bloodsucker", and appeared to highlight Pyongyang's frustration with deadlocked nuclear negotiations.

KCNA did not disclose the date and place of the meeting.

Russia's port city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, in the meantime, is seeing a number of unusually strict security measures.

It's not clear how - or even if - Putin will push the stalled nuclear talks along, and the visit may have more to do with each nation's economic interests.

In its second scathing critique of a high-ranking United States figure in less than a week, Pyongyang has described demands by the U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, for proofs that North Korea is in the process of denuclearization as "nonsense".

The warning against Pompeo by the DPRK came hours after Pyongyang announced that it had restarted its nuclear weapons program for the first time since the second round of talks between Kim and Trump fell apart on February 27.

A combination of file photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019 and Russia's President Vladimir Putin looking on during a joint news conference with South African President Jacob Zuma after their meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Krasnodar region, Russia, May 16, 2013.

Choe characterized Bolton's remarks as "nonsense" and said the North had never expected that the top White House official, long a target of Pyongyang, "would ever make a reasonable remark".

"This meeting is important for Russian worldwide prestige".

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