The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin has said that he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un soonest to discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations and important matters of the region. The North’s state media reported this today amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.
Putin had invited Kim and the South’s President Moon Jae-In earlier in June to an economic forum to hold next month in Vladivostok although it is not known whether the invitation was responded to.
In a message to Kim on the North’s National Liberation Day to mark the end of Japanese rule over Korea at the end of the Second World War, Putin reiterated his intention for a summit.
The message however did not offer a specific date for the meeting. Putin then expressed hope to further develop reciprocal cooperation including the realization of the tripartite project that would also involve South Korea.