The Kremlin confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his first visit to Russia since October.

Iran Press/Europe: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia in the second half of this month and meet President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

A month and a half after US President Donald Trump ended his summit with Kim Jong Un without a deal, the young North Korean leader is preparing to step out again on the world stage. This time, it will be for his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The summit comes at a critical time and the relationship with Russia has become increasingly important, according to analysts, as Kim seeks to maintain his nuclear weapons stockpile while loosening the economic pressure on his country.

That means the US will be watching closely, with its chief negotiator Stephen Biegun heading to Moscow this week for meetings. 208/211/103

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