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Kim Jong Un Just Asked Putin for Help Dealing With Trump

Kim Jong Un Just Asked Putin for Help Dealing With Trump

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin have pledged to boost ties at their first ever summit.

The pair shook hands before heading to talks at a university in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok on Thursday.

The Reuters news service pointed out that, while Putin "has a track record of making world leaders wait for him", the Russian leader got to the scene of the talks about a half-hour before Kim.

"I will talk about it tomorrow with the leadership of China", Putin said before heading to Beijing on a two-day visit after meeting Kim.

Mr. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told Russian media the summit would focus on North Korea's nuclear program, noting that Russia will seek to "consolidate the positive trends" stemming from Trump's meetings with Mr. Kim.

He was speaking at a press conference after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time at Far Eastern Federal University in Russia's Pacific port city Vladivostok.

Putin said he hoped Kim's visit would "help us better understand by what means we can reach a settlement on the Korean peninsula, what we can do together, what Russian Federation can do to support the positive processes now underway".

In an interview with CBS News, Pompeo said the Hanoi summit had more "nuance" than publicly reported, with the two sides sharing their positions.

Under Putin, Russia has attempted to disrupt US interests around the world, in countries including Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

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Kim arrived in Vladivostok on Wednesday aboard an armoured train, telling Russian state television that he was hoping that his first visit to Russia would be "successful and useful".

Russia, like the USA and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

North Korea is seeking diplomatic support in its negotiations with the U.S. over its nuclear programme, and material support for its sanctions-hit economy.

A State Department spokesman, asked about the summit, said the United States and the rest of the worldwide community "are committed to the same goal - the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea".

Mr Putin said North Korea's leader was "fairly open" and had "talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda".

Until a year ago, Kim hadn't left North Korea since taking power in 2011. Putin is expected to propose modest financial support, because Russian Federation will not openly flout the economic sanctions and sees North Korea as a questionable investment.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has pledged to keep up his efforts to bring the United States and North Korea together to strive towards denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

Moscow's role in talks over North Korea's nuclear programme is one of the few remaining points of contact with Washington as Russia's ties with the West plunged to Cold War-era lows because of the annexation of Crimea and support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.