This handout picture provided by press service of Administration of Primorsky Krai shows the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's leader Kim Jong-un disembarking from his private armored train at a station in the Russian border town of Khasan on April 24, 2019. (ALEXANDEER SAFRONOV / PRESS SERVICE OF ADMINISTRATION OF PRIMORSKY KRAI / AFP)
VLADIVOSTOK - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked diplomacy on his nuclear program.
"This meeting will be the first contact between our president and the DPRK leader," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov as reporteing
Kim, dressed in a black coat and a fedora, first met with Russian officials at Russia's Khasan train station near its border with the North, before traveling on to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a summit with Putin on Thursday.
Speaking to Russia's state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said on arrival that he is hoping for a "successful and useful" visit and would like to discuss with Putin "settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula" as well as bilateral ties with Russia.
Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told Russian media the summit on Thursday will will be held in a one-on-one manner before extended negotiations between delegations and an official reception.
"This meeting will be the first contact between our president and the DPRK leader," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Ushakov as telling reporters.
In this photo provided by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's government, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un waves at an undisclosed train station in DPRK, April 24, 2019, before leaving for Russia. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)
The talks will be primarily focused on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, he said.
Ushakov said Russia intends to help maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula, and will work together with other involved countries on "creating prerequisites and a favorable atmosphere for achieving serious agreements to resolve the Korean Peninsula problem."
The participants do not yet plan to sign any document or make a joint statement, Ushakov said.
Putin will meet Kim on his way to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which is scheduled from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
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