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Trump-Kim meeting 'a step in the right direction': Russia

AFP  |  Addis Ababa 

Russian today hailed a proposed meeting between US and North Korean leader Un as "a step in the right direction".

"We do hope that this meeting is going to take place," Lavrov said after meeting with at the body's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. "Certainly, it is required to normalise the situation around the "

yesterday said the two leaders would hold an unprecedented summit by the end of May, raising hopes they can broker an agreement on Pyongyang's nuclear programme that has fuelled tensions on the peninsula.

The announcement was confirmed by the

of the summit is the latest move in a fast-developing diplomatic detente, with North and exchanging envoys after the two neighbours marched together under a unified flag at

It follows a period of extreme tension between and which saw the two leaders exchanging bitter, personal insults, with Trump mocking Kim as a "little rocket man" and Kim describing him as "mentally deranged" and a "dotard."

The and were foes throughout the Cold War and fought on the opposite side of a bloody war in the 1950s. In the last two decades, they have engaged in perhaps the world's most dangerous nuclear standoff.

Lavrov was in as part of a five-day African tour which began on Monday with a visit to after which he continued on to Namibia, and

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:15 IST