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North Korea's Kim Seeks Russia Support at First-Ever Summit With Putin

Apr 25, 2019

Kim Jong Un’s first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will give the two longtime allies an opportunity to show a united front at a critical moment in negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.

But with Moscow’s limited options for supporting North Korea, the meeting between the pair is likely to be heavy on choreography, raising questions about what the two leaders might achieve during the event. No final agreement or joint statement is planned, according to the Kremlin.

Mr. Kim arrived on Wednesday aboard his armored train in Vladivostok, the city in Russia’s Far East where the summit will be held, amid tensions between Pyongyang and Washington after Mr. Kim and President Trump hit an impasse at their February summit. 


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