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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un's aide visits Moscow in sign of possible summit

North Korea seeks leverage in deadlocked US negotiations

Kim Chang Son, de facto chief of staff to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, visited Hanoi in February shortly before the U.S.-North Korea summit there.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- A senior aide to Kim Jong Un arrived here Tuesday in what could be preparation for a meeting between the North Korean leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang's talks with the U.S. stall.

The visit by Kim Chang Son -- Kim Jong Un's de facto chief of staff, sometimes also called his "butler" -- was reported Thursday by South Korean news agency Yonhap. He had visited Singapore and Hanoi ahead of Kim's summits in those cities with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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