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Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Russia for talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet Vladimir Putin in Russia this month. Photo: Getty
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia later this month and meet President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin says.

The announcement of the upcoming summit comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing for a deal with Mr Kim that would bring an end to nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Two earlier summits between Mr Kim and Mr Trump failed to reach an agreement on a denuclearisation deal.

Trump administration officials have floated the possibility of a third summit.

The Kremlin gave no further details of the summit between Mr Putin and Mr Kim in a statement on its website, but Moscow has been saying for months that it was working on such a meeting.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun was due in Moscow on Thursday to meet Russian officials to discuss ways to advance a “final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea,” Washington said on Tuesday.

The United States in March imposed a new round of sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, following the collapse of talks between Mr Trump and Mr Kim in February.

-AAP