North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met for their first ever summit.
The two leaders shook hands on Russky island near the port city of Vladivostok, in Russia’s far east part territory.
The Kremlin said the leaders would discuss denuclearization, but Leader Kim is also said to be seeking support after talks with the US failed in Hanoi, Vietnam.
It can be recalled that US President Donald Trump and Kim met in Hanoi earlier this year without reaching an agreement.
The North Korean leader greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in the country on Wednesday.
Kim was entertained by a brass band before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.
“I arrived in Russia bearing the warm feelings of our people, and as I already said, I hope this visit will be successful and useful,” Kim told Russian TV earlier, after crossing the border at Khasan.
“I hope that during the talks with respected President Putin, I will be able to discuss in a concrete manner issues relating to the settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula, and to the development of our bilateral relations.”
According to the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula.
Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.
“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”