World International Affairs Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a toast with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and set out to bolster already-flourishing ties with his Chinese counterpart this week as relations with the U.S. deteriorated to levels not seen since the Cold War. Kim, who has been on a diplomatic traveling spree this past year, made his debut visit Wednesday to Russia, meeting Putin in the far eastern city of Vladivostok nearly eight years after the Russian president last received Kim’s father and predecessor Kim Jong Il in August 2011. Putin told reporters he was “satisfied” with their talks and said the younger Kim was ”quite an open person and speaks freely” as well as an “an interesting and substantive interlocutor.” The roughly two-hour conversation revolved around a range of subjects “including bilateral relations, sanctions, United Nations, relations with the United States, and, of course, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which is the main subject,” Putin told the press briefing. “The most important thing, as we have discussed today during the talks, is to restore the rule of international law and revert to the position where global developments were regulated by international law instead of the rule of force,” he added. ”If this happens, this would be the first and critical step toward resolving challenging situations such as the one on the Korean Peninsula.” Putin emphasized that “there are no secrets here” in… Read full this story
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