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Russia invites both Korean leaders to Moscow next year Updated: 2014-12-22 22:53:57 KST


Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of his country's victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
Many experts say this could be an opportunity for Kim to establish a solid foothold as a leader.
It would also help Pyongyang strengthen its ties with Russia, a permanent veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, against international criticism on its human rights abuses and nuclear program.
North Korea's current weakened relations with China is making Kim even more keen to find a friendly and powerful ally.
China, which has taken issue with the North's nuclear arms testing and missile development, has stalled summit talks with Pyongyang for three years.
Still, it's paying great attention to Kim's possible visit.

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"Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un among other leaders to Moscow for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two."

While some speculate Kim may make the visit to Russia as an attempt to prompt a summit between Pyongyang and Beijing, others remain skeptical as Kim has never made a foreign visit since taking power in 2011.
There's also the possibility that a visit to Russia may worsen North Korea's relations with China, at a time when the North is in desperate need of its help as it's been forced into a corner over its recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures and its abysmal human rights situation.

Meanwhile, as South Korean President Park Geun-hye has also been invited to Russia for its celebration, it remains to be seen how the anticipated gathering of the world leaders will pan out.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.
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