Kremlin Invites North Korean Leader to Visit Russia

| JUN 4, 2018 | 5:39 PM

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The Kremlin has reportedly invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in September, Reuters reported on Monday.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian government, told the news agency that the visit would take place as part of the nation’s Eastern Economic Forum, which is held in Vladivostok each year.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who visited Pyongyang last week to discuss the diplomatic relationship between North Korea and the Kremlin, confirmed that he extended the invitation to Kim while in the country.

The news of Russia’s invitation comes just after President Donald Trump announced that his planned summit with Kim on June 12 would still go on, after his previous cancellation of it.

Trump has said he expects to meet with Kim multiple times to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and said the first meeting would be a “getting-to-know-you-meeting, plus.”

“I've never said it happens in one meeting. You're talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of, really, hatred between so many different nations. But I think you're going to have a really positive result in the end. Not from one meeting,” he said.

On Sunday, it was reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad will meet with Kim in North Korea.

“The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political caliber and wise leadership of HE (His Excellency) Kim Jong Un,” Assad said after announcing the meeting.

“I am sure that he will achieve the final victory and realize the reunification of Korea without fail.”

No date or location has been set for the meeting between Assad and the North Korean leader.