N. Korean leader’s cortege arrives on Russky Island in Vladivostok

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VLADIVOSTOK, Apr 24, 2019, TASS. The cortege of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived on Russky Island in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, as source in the Far Eastern Federal University told TASS on Wednesday.

The source familiar with the visit’s preparations told TASS that Kim’s residence would be the university’s building S, known as a sports complex, where the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to be held.

Earlier, a TASS source at the university said on Wednesday security was tightened on the territory of the campus. Two rooms (one for talks and another for an informal meeting) were prepared in the building S, which hosts a plenary meeting chaired by Putin during the Eastern Economic Forum.

Earlier on Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia for his first visit to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Far East Development Minister Alexander Kozlov, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and Primorye Territory Governor Oleg Kozhemyako
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

The talks between the two leaders, which will be their first meeting, are due to held in Vladivostok on Thursday. The sides will discuss peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and ensuring security in Northeast Asia.

Kim and Putin will also discuss different aspects of bilateral relations, including on the political, economic and cultural-humanitarian agenda, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov said earlier.

Russia will be the first country, which Kim visits after being re-elected as Chairman of the State Affairs Commission at the first session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly earlier this month.

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