Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong Un to Russian Federation in September

Blanche Robertson
June 15, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a senior North Korean official in Moscow on Thursday and invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Russia.

Kim Yong-nam conveyed Kim Jong Un's "sincere regards" and "absolute support of the people of Russian Federation", handing a personal message to Putin from the North Korean leader.

During a meeting with a North Korean official Thursday, Putin asked the official to relay the invitation to his supreme leader.

Putin also said he welcomed the meeting between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.

A potential conflict over North Korea had "worried the entire world and could have entailed grave consequences, including a major military conflict", Putin went on. "Now there are prospects of resolving the problems by peaceful political and diplomatic means", he said.

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On Wednesday the Kremlin said the recent summit had showed that Putin had been right to support direct dialogue to reduce tensions with North Korea.

Mr Pompeo, who is meeting with Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers in Seoul, is pushing back on reports in North Korean state media that Mr Trump and Mr Kim had agreed on a "step-by-step" process.

He added that Mr Trump and Mr Kim had a "blunt conversation" about the changes needed for North Korea to rejoin the world community.

Putin said he would like to welcome Kim Jong-un to Russian Federation, suggesting they meeting during an economic forum in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok this September.

"We would be very happy to see you".

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