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Beginning of Russian-North Korean talks in expanded format

April 25, 2019, Russky Island, Vladivostok

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Comrade Chairman, colleagues,

Allow me to welcome you to Russia once again.

We have just had a thorough one-on-one conversation. We were able to discuss the history of our interstate relations, the current situation and prospects for developing bilateral ties.

Naturally, we also talked about the situation in the Korean Peninsula. We exchanged opinions on what should be done, and how, to create favourable prospects for improving this situation.

I would like to thank Mr Chairman for accepting our invitation and for coming to Russia.

Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un (retranslated): Mr President, I am very happy to meet with you and with our Russian friends.

I would like to once again sincerely thank you for flying thousands of kilometres from Moscow and for giving us the time needed to conduct a detailed discussion of various matters.

This time, we have visited our great friendly neighbour with tremendous joy. And I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to convey warm greetings to the President and our dear Russian friends on behalf of our state, government and people.

I came to Russia to exchange opinions on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is among the most topical items of the current international agenda, and also to discuss methods for peacefully resolving this matter and exchange opinions on ways to develop our bilateral relations in line with the new century’s demands.

Mr President, we have just had a very detailed one-on-one exchange of opinions on matters of common interest and on all topical issues.

Thank you for a wonderful time, and I hope that our talks will continue in the same spirit and in a useful and constructive context.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you.


April 25, 2019, Russky Island, Vladivostok