Russian President Vladimir Putin with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok. Photo: EPA-EFE

Vladimir Putin-Kim Jong-un summit: what do both sides aim to gain?

  • Kim is looking for a win after his collapsed second summit with Trump, and Putin for a chance to raise Moscow’s clout in the region
  • But analysts predict that the meeting is likely to focus more on showing camaraderie
Topic |   North Korea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vladivostok. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Kim Yong-chol was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department. Photo: Reuters

Replacement of North Korea’s top envoy for nuclear talks with US a ‘positive signal’, analysts say

  • Kim Yong-chol, a senior trusted official, has been sacked as the negotiator for nuclear talks with the US
  • But he is likely to retain his high standing in the Workers’ Party, analysts say, as the dismissal indicates diplomacy will be returned to the foreign ministry
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Kim Yong-chol was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department. Photo: Reuters
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