Vladimir Putin with Kim Jong Un
Both leaders have pledged to boost ties at their first ever summit
Vladivostok, April 25: Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the Far Eastern State University for a one-on-one meeting on the Russky Island across a bridge from Vladivostok.
In brief opening remarks in front of the media, Putin said he hoped Kim's visit would "help us better understand by what means we can reach a settlement on the Korean peninsula, what we can do together, what Russia can do to support the positive processes now underway."
In February, Kim's second summit with President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended without any agreement because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions. There have since been no publicly known high-level contacts between the U.S. and North Korea, although both sides say they are still open to a third summit.