North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has departed for Russia where he is expected to hold a high-stake meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The meeting was formally announced by Pyongyang and Moscow on Monday.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday that Kim boarded his personal train from the capital, Pyongyang, Sunday afternoon, and that he will be accompanied by unspecified members of the country’s ruling party, government and military, Associated Press reported.
The agenda for the meeting is yet to be known, but it is likely to focus on bilateral relations between Russia and North Korea, as well as the war in Ukraine.
The United States has warned that the meeting could be used to discuss an arms deal between Russia and North Korea.
However, both Russia and North Korea have denied that they are discussing an arms deal. The Kremlin said that the meeting would focus on “bilateral cooperation in various fields.”
This is Kim’s second summit with Putin, after the pair met in 2019.