Putin, Kim Hold 'Meaningful' Talks During First Face-To-Face Meeting

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If North Korea is given security guarantees, Kim Jong Un would be willing to denuclearize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Kim Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shake hands during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 25, 2019.

North Korea may also hope for Russian support in pressuring Washington over sanctions relief, which continues to be a major sticking issue in denuclearization talks.

Kim will be looking for Russia's support in easing sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme, while Putin is keen to put Moscow forward as a player in another global flashpoint.

Kim arrived Wednesday in Vladivostok on his armored train, saying upon arrival that he's hoping for a "successful and useful" visit.

Russian Federation would also like to gain broader access to North Korea's mineral resources, including rare metals.

Putin suggested a compromise could be possible on North Korean migrant workers in Russian Federation, an important source of income for the Pyongyang government that's due to be cut off at the end of this year under United Nations sanctions.

Israel offers aid, joins world in condemning Sri Lanka terror attacks
Another 10 people were confirmed dead in the town of Batticaloa , in the east of the country, where another church was targeted. Local media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

Russia-North Korea trade fell dramatically past year, by more than 56 percent to $34 million, according to Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov, who was quoted in Russian state media. One delivery in March saw more than 2,000 tonnes of wheat supplied to the port of Chongjin, news agency TASS reported.

Under Putin, Russia has attempted to disrupt US interests around the world, in countries including Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

Putin has held "substantial discussions" with Mr Jong-un during the pairs historic first-ever meeting. North Korea had blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the two countries failed to reach a deal at the Hanoi summit. Still, the summit could allow Mr. Putin to try to increase his influence in regional politics and the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

After a February Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi ended with no deal, the United States has insisted it will not relax sanctions until North Korea commits to abolishing its nuclear weapons program.

The Kremlin has said the focus of today's talks will be on finding "a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula" but that no joint statement or signing of agreements was planned.

Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said that Putin will likely encourage Kim to continue constructive talks with the U.S., reflecting Russia's own worry about the North nuclear and missile programmes. But ties between Moscow and Pyongyang run deep with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin helping Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, set up the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the aftermath of World War II.

Mr Moon, who met the editors over tea in the chandeliered meeting hall of the Blue House, the president's official residence, took questions from them after delivering prepared remarks, thanking them for the honour the ANN had bestowed on him, and also for their efforts to enhance understanding between Korea and Asean, as well as the rest of Asia.

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