Yonhap reports that Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un will be meeting next week in Vladivostok, Russia. Putin will meet Kim before he attends an international forum in Beijing from April 26-29. The forum is about Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” initiative, a grand geopolitical strategy to connect China with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Europe and Africa through “land and maritime silk roads.”

The talk of the possible Putin-Kim meeting comes as Pyongyang, appears frustrated over a lack of progress in its efforts to secure sanctions relief in nuclear negotiations with Washington. Observers say that Kim may seek to strengthen diplomatic cooperation with Russia and China to loosen the international sanctions regime. The Hanoi summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un ended without a deal, as the two sides failed to reconcile differences over the scope of Pyongyang’s denuclearization and Washington’s sanctions relief.



Meanwhile President Trump, revived hopes for a third summit between the two leaders when he tweeted that:

“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand. North Korea has tremendous potential for extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand. North Korea has tremendous potential for…….</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117033379776667648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>….extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117035779589648386?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>