Kim Jong Un Crosses Russian Border For Talks With Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived via rail in Russia where he is due to meet President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Kim left Pyongyang for Russia on Sunday on his private train, North Korea’s state media reported.

It is not known where the leaders will meet, as Mr Kim’s train is reportedly heading north, away from the city of Vladivostok.

A US official said they were expected to discuss an arms deal as Russia faces a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

The Kremlin said that the “fully fledged visit” would cover “bilateral relations, the situation in the region and in the global arena”.

The meeting could take place as early as Tuesday local time – although the statement from the Kremlin said it would happen in the “coming days”.

Mr Kim left his train to meet Russian representatives when it pulled into the border station of Khasan on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source.

His train is rumoured to include at least 20 heavy bulletproof carriages. The extra weight means the train is very slow – it can only travel at around 37mph (59 km/h).

The North Korean leader’s last trip abroad was to Vladivostok in 2019 for a summit with Mr Putin after the collapse of nuclear disarmament talks with the then-US president, Donald Trump.

The Vostochny cosmodrome, located in Russia’s far east near the border with China, has been suggested as the possible meeting place for the two leaders.

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