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Pyeongyang confirms Kim Jong-un will soon meet with Putin for summit talks Updated: 2019-04-23 19:03:00 KST

Confirmation from Pyeongyang that the North Korea-Russia summit is happening soon.
Pyeongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will soon visit Russia on the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.
It added that there will be a summit between Kim and Putin.
Pyeongyang's announcement on the summit comes at the same time as the Kremlin's confirmation that Kim and Putin will meet by the end of April.
The upcoming Pyeongyang-Moscow summit is the first of its kind in eight years.
In 2011, Kim's late father and the former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il met with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The announcements from both Pyeongyang and Moscow have not provided details about when and where the summit will happen.
But North Korea's advance team, led by Pyeongyang's protocol chief Kim Chang-son, has been spotted checking Vladivostok since last week.
And seeing where they've been visiting, various media outlets are reporting that the Kim-Putin summit will take place at the Far Eastern Federal University, located on Russky island off the coast of Vladivostok.
NK News reports that preparations are underway there with the flags of North Korea and Russia lined up in one of the buildings.
Reports say Kim Jong-un will be heading over to Russia's Vladivostok using his special train on Wednesday.
And Kim will be staying in Russia until Friday even though President Putin will leave the country on Friday for a One Belt, One Road summit in China.
Kim will tour around where his father had visited 8 years ago and possibly visit the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre, a public aquarium and Russia's Pacific Fleet headquarters according to Japan-based Kyodo News Agency.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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