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Kim expected to meet 'soon' with leaders of China, Russia: Seoul

AFP  |  Seoul 

South Korean said Monday he believed North Korea's Un would soon meet with the leaders of and as part of an ongoing diplomatic effort to reduce tensions on the

It comes a day after the North Korean leader agreed to hold a second summit with US "as early as possible", following a meeting with US in

"Separately from the second US-North summit, Un's visit to and Xi Jinping's visit to North are expected to take place soon," Moon told a cabinet meeting.

The possibility of a summit between Kim and Japanese is also "open", Moon said, adding: "A new order is being created on the "

Kim and Xi have met three times in this year as the two countries seek to repair relations frayed by tensions over the North's nuclear activities and Beijing's backing of sanctions against its Cold War-era ally.

The North Korean leader has yet to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has previously invited Kim to

has historically taken a hard line on and stressed the need to maintain pressure on the regime. More recently, however, Abe has expressed interest in a face-to-face meeting with former international pariah Kim.

The latest chapter in the diplomatic flurry comes as Trump sent Pompeo on a whirlwind trip to the region to rekindle stalled denuclearisation talks with

Pompeo tweeted Monday that he was heading to to work on a "final, fully-verified" denuclearisation of North

The first-ever summit between US and North Korean leaders was held in June this year -- a meeting critics say resulted in only a vague commitment by Kim towards denuclearisation.

North Korea's met with officials in on Saturday and is due to hold talks with Russian counterparts in followed by a trilateral meeting with China and

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 10:35 IST