Russia Invites North Korea's Reclusive Leader Kim Jong-Un For A Visit

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| May 31 , 2018 , 17:41 IST

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov currently in Pyongyang for the first meeting in North Korea between a head of the reclusive state and a Russian official on Thursday invited Kim Jong-Un to visit Russia.

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un earlier known for being reclusive and not venturing beyond the borders of his nation has stepped up his foreign excursions in recent times, visiting China and South Korea, with an impending Summit with the US as well in Singapore.

Lavrov conveyed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kim Jong-Un, saying that the Russian President wished Kim success in the "major undertakings that have been initiated on the Korean peninsula", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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"Come to Russia, we'll be very happy to see you," Lavrov said to Kim, the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted in its statement.

According to Russian news agencies, Lavrov is the first Russian official to be met by Kim.

"It was the first official meeting with him face to face," TASS quoted a source in the minister's delegation as saying.

The Russian Foreign Minister had arrived in Pyongyang earlier on Thursday, ahead of the landmark summit planned between Kim and US President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore. Last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho had conducted talks with Lavrov in Moscow.

In preparation for the US-North Korea summit, where the denuclearisation of North Korea is expected to be discussed, a flurry of diplomatic activity is taking place. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol in New York on Wednesday as well.

North Korea has been making attempts to improve strained ties with global powers.