With U.S. Talks Faltering, Kim Jong-un Meets Putin in Russia

In FOREIGN RELATIONS On

MOSCOW — Two months after a failed summit meeting with President Trump, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, met on Thursday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, as Mr. Kim tries to rally international support for an approach to sanctions relief and gradual nuclear disarmament that the Trump administration opposes.

Mr. Kim’s visit to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, Russia, is his first trip abroad since February, when he and Mr. Trump met with much fanfare in Vietnam, only to see negotiations end abruptly, amid mutual recriminations, without any progress toward an agreement.

“The whole world’s attention is focused on the issue on the Korean peninsula,” Mr. Kim told Mr. Putin as he called for “meaningful dialogue today” on the issue.

The meeting started late after Mr. Kim’s motorcade was delayed for unclear reasons. Rossiya 24, a Russian state news channel, reported that Mr. Putin had flown by helicopter to the venue and was expecting Mr. Kim to arrive by limousine.

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