Vladimir Putin: I'm happy to brief US

Vladimir Putin: I'm happy to brief US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin peace and security on the Korean peninsula depend entirely on the future USA attitude, North Korean state media KCNA said on Friday.

Kim's remarks during talks with Putin on Thursday appeared aimed at pushing Washington to be more flexible on North Korean demands for an easing of global sanctions.

He said: "I would like to offer again honest gratitude to Mr President for making time in his busy schedule and come thousands of miles from the capital city of Moscow to here to give us time for a great conversation".

The pair "were unanimous" that their meeting could help in "strategically controlling the unstable situation of the Korean peninsula in the wake of the second DPRK-US summit talks", KCNA said. Trump said North Korea's demand that the USA lift economic sanctions in their entirety forced his team to walk away from reaching an agreement. But it could also complicate matters, since Moscow has been critical of sanctions on North Korea and has called on Washington to provide more security guarantees.

Visiting the city a day after his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kim had been scheduled to take part in the ceremony at 10:00 am (0000 GMT) but at first was a no-show.

Now, Kim has taken aim at the US President for grinding the region's peace process - including a deal on the North's nuclear missiles - to a "standstill", according to state media.

"Kim is seeking an upper hand for future talks with the United States and meeting foreign leaders like Putin can help him do that".

North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as USA hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety, including the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearisation of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Putin's last summit with a North Korean leader was in 2002 when his counterpart was Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor.

The North Korean leader has praised Putin since the visit.

It followed repeated invitations from Putin after Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures previous year.

The remarks carried by KCNA were reportedly made during the "unreserved and friendly" talks between the two leaders, with the meeting focusing on the worldwide effort to disarm North Korea of its nuclear arsenal.

Mr Putin said he is "not sure these talks need to be resumed right now".

Putin said a deal on North Korea's nuclear program was possible by moving step by step to build trust.

China has since cemented its role as the isolated North's most important ally, its largest trading partner and crucial fuel supplier, and analysts say Kim could be looking to balance Beijing's influence. Kim met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday on the Russky island in Vladivostok.

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