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Why Kim Jong Un's Trip to Russia Is All About Arms

The meeting is expected to take place in Vladivostok

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departed Pyongyang in a high security luxury armored train to visit Vladimir Putin in Russia, according to multiple South Korean outlets citing government officials. The trip comes shortly after a U.S. official told The Associated Press that a talk between the two leaders was likely in the upcoming week. The meeting is expected to take place in Vladivostok, since Putin is currently there for an international forum. 

“At the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Chairman of State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un will pay an official visit to Russia in the coming days,” the Kremlin said in a statement Monday, CNN reported.

North Korean state media KCNA also reported that Kim would “meet and have a talk” with Putin but did not offer further details.

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