Kim Visits Russia to Meet Putin on Nuclear, Peace Process

As North Korea talks with US falter, officials turn to Russia

The failure of the Hanoi summit in February is fueling a lot of concern about where direct negotiations between the US and North Korea are going. North Korea seems already to be looking for alternate partners, with Kim Jong Un crossing into Russia for a planned summit with Vladimir Putin.

A Kim-Putin summit has been long planned, and Russia was keen to get in on the talks after Kim met with Trump, South Korea’s President Moon, and China’s President Xi, so as not to be left out of regional affairs.

The timing may be even more important for North Korea, as the stalled process with the US gives this summit a chance for Kim to show that he can negotiate with global powers and potentially make deals without the US being involved.

Details are still scant, but the talks are expected to focus on peace in the Korean Peninsula and denuclearization, two subjects North Korea tried, and failed, to work out with the US. If clear deals start being worked out here, it could put the US in an awkward position of either trying to play spoiler or letting Russia take a more active role.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of