Russky Island, MNA – Russian President Vladimir Putin met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who says they have had “fruitful” talks about how to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
Speaking after the first session of talks on the Russky Island across a bridge from Vladivostok on Thursday, Putin said he and Kim “exchanged opinions about what should be done to improve the situation.” Kim noted that they had “discussed ways of peaceful settlement” and had “a very fruitful exchange”.
Putin and Kim met in Russia’s Far East for their first summit, with the North Korean leader looking for support in his nuclear standoff with the United States, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
The first meeting lasted two hours, almost twice as long as expected.
“We talked, of course, about the situation on the Korean peninsula, we exchanged views on how and what we can do so that there are good prospects for an improvement in the situation,” Putin said at the start of the second phase of talks, involving larger delegations from each side. (T/RI-1/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)