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US North Korea envoy in Moscow amid reports of Kim-Putin talks

AFP  |  Moscow 

The for was due in on Wednesday amid reports of a possible meeting in next week between and

The State Department said would be in on Wednesday and Thursday "to meet with Russian officials to discuss efforts to advance the final, fully verified denuclearisation of "

The visit came with Russian, South Korean and Japanese media reporting that Kim and Putin may soon have their first summit, in

Quoting diplomatic sources, Russian newspaper reported Wednesday that the meeting would take place in Vladivostok before the Russian leader heads to for an April 26-27 summit.

One of the sources warned that the plans could change, however, noting that Kim was an "impulsive person".

South Korean agency Yonhap quoted diplomats in this week saying a meeting was being prepared.

On Wednesday, the agency reported that North Korea's flagship carrier had scheduled a special flight to Vladivostok on Tuesday next week.

Japan's Jiji Press, quoting a Russian diplomatic source, said it was "99 percent" certain that Putin and Kim will meet next Wednesday in Vladivostok.

Asked earlier this week about reports of a meeting, Kremlin said one was "being prepared" but refused to comment on a possible date or venue.

is keen to play a stronger role in international talks over North Korea's nuclear programme, which have seen Kim meet US for two summits over the last year.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:40 IST
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