Posted on April 23, 2019
The Korean Central News Agency released a statement on Tuesday saying Mr Kim would soon pay a visit to the Russian Federation at Mr Putin’s invitation.
A date for the meeting was not immediately released. There are some indications that the meeting will be held in the far-eastern port of Vladivostok, not too far from Russia’s border with the North. The Kremlin said in a brief statement that Mr Kim would visit Russia “in the second half of April”, but gave no further details.
Moscow is interested in gaining broader access to North Korea’s mineral resources, including rare metals.
Pyongyang needs Russia’s electricity supplies and wants to attract Russian investment to modernise its Soviet-built industrial plants, railways and other infrastructure.
Mr Kim and US president Donald Trump have had two summits, but the latest, in Vietnam in February, collapsed because North Korea wanted more sanctions relief than Washington was willing to give for the amount of disarmament offered by Pyongyang. As the standoff continued, the North last week announced that it had tested what it called a new type of “tactical guided weapon”.