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Russian Lawmaker: North Korea's Leader Confirmed Readiness to Visit Russia

After the meeting that lastest for more than an hour in Pyongyang, the Russian Lawmaker, Valentina Matvienko said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants peace.

Reuters

Updated:September 8, 2018, 6:20 PM IST
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Russian Lawmaker: North Korea's Leader Confirmed Readiness to Visit Russia
Valentina Matvienko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. REUTERS
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Moscow: Kim Jong Un has confirmed his readiness to visit Russia, the RIA news agency quoted speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko as saying after she met the North Korean leader in Pyongyang on Saturday.

Kim "wants peace", Matvienko said after the meeting, which lasted for more than an hour. The timing and place of Kim's visit will be agreed via diplomatic channels, the Russian lawmaker added.

"He confirmed he is ready and willing to make an official visit to Russia," RIA quoted Matvienko as saying.

"He said he does not want to delay (the visit). "He said: meeting the President of Russia is very important to me, we should discuss the strategy and prospects of our cooperation, I of course would also like to discuss a number of important questions of the global agenda," she said.

Matvienko also said she had passed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Kim. She did not provide further detail.

Kim will not able to attend a forum in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok next week but will send a delegation of North Korean officials, Matvienko said.

North Korea is in talks with the United States about a step-by-step execution of commitments reached when Kim and US President Donald Trump met at a summit in Singapore in June, another news agency, Interfax, reported, citing Matvienko.
| Edited by: Naqshib Nisar
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