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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's Kim to hold first meeting with Putin: report

Talks between two leaders expected to take place next week in Vladivostok

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives guidance during his visit to the Shinchang Fish Farm in this April 16, 2019 photo released on April 17. (KCNA via Reuters)   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly preparing to visit Russia next week and hold his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

The meeting could take place in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East ahead of Putin's April 26-27 visit to China, the online edition of Izvestia reported on Wednesday, citing Russian Foreign Ministry sources.

Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok has postponed classes for a "visit by an official delegation" scheduled for April 24-25, Russian news service Interfax reported on Wednesday.

A chartered flight is expected to arrive in the city from Pyongyang on Tuesday.

Kim's apparent trip to Russia comes amid signs that Pyongyang may be reprocessing nuclear material into bomb fuel following a second summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim told his country's parliament last week that he would wait until the end of this year for the U.S. to take a more flexible approach toward negotiating a denuclearization deal.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has not disclosed any plans for a Kim visit.

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