Putin To Discuss North Korea With Asian Leaders In Vladivostok
Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to hold talks with Asian leaders this week that will address North Korea's nuclear program amid Pyongyang's stalled efforts to ease tensions with Washington.
Putin will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon in Russia's far-eastern port city of Vladivostok, which is hosting an economic forum September 11-13.
His September 10 meeting with Abe will focus on "boosting economic cooperation and commercial exchanges" and exchanging views "on the situation on the Korean Peninsula," Putin's senior foreign-policy aide, Yury Ushakov, said.
Abe told reporters on September 10 that he and Putin would also discuss the decades-old territorial dispute over an island chain that Tokyo calls the Northern Territories and Russia calls the Southern Kuriles.
Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been invited to this week's Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok but would not attend.
The meetings in Vladivostok come a week ahead of a planned summit between North and South Korea to be held September 18-20 in Pyongyang.
Washington has expressed disappointment with Pyongyang's lack of progress toward denuclearization, though U.S. President Donald Trump praised North Korea for not displaying its intercontinental ballistic missiles at a massive military parade it staged on September 9.