Kim Jong Un leaves for summit with Putin, North Korea says

  • The young North Korean leader left the capital of Pyongyang on Wednesday at dawn and is traveling to Russia by train, KCNA reported, as he did for his summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • He said the country needed to "deal a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring (North Korea) to its knees," according to state media reports.
  • NK News, a prominent website specializing in North Korean news, reported that Choe's promotion makes her the highest-ranking female diplomat in the country's history.
  • Analysts have speculated that Kim's meeting with Putin could be a way for the young North Korean leader to assess his diplomatic options outside talks with the United States.
  • North Korea may hope for Russian support in pressuring Washington over sanctions relief, which continues to be a major sticking issue in talks between the two sides.

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