SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have headed to Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, South Korean broadcaster YTN reported on Monday, citing an unnamed senior government source.
Kim appears to be heading to North Korea’s northeastern border on a special train, with the summit likely to take place as soon as Tuesday, according to the report. The broadcaster previously said the meeting could take place on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that Kim would visit the Far East “in the coming days.”
The trip would be Kim’s first visit abroad in more than four years and first since the COVID-19 pandemic.
His last foreign trip in 2019 was also to Vladivostok for his first summit with Putin after the collapse of North Korea’s nuclear disarmament talks with former US President Donald Trump.
(Reporting by Soo-hyang Choi, Jack Kim; Editing by Toby Chopra and Himani Sarkar)