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Russia confirms North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to visit Moscow in May

January 28th, 2015

If Kim does make Moscow his first foreign trip since taking power after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il, it would reflect a desire to reduce his country’s dependence on China, which remains Pyongyang’s main ally, diplomatic protector and economic buttress.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, is also expected to attend the Moscow ceremonies.

Xi and Kim have kept their distance since each assumed power and the Chinese president’s first visit as head of state to the Korean peninsula was to the capitalist South last year, rather than the North.

Park Geun-Hye, the South Korean president, has also been invited to the Moscow event, but has yet to announce whether she will attend.

Both Russia and China have opposed the UN call for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over its human rights record.

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il ( Kim Jong-un’s father) in 2001 (AP)

The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il visited Russia in August 2011 in his armoured train for a rare meeting with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia is seeking to expand economic ties with North Korea and is eyeing a project worth about $ 25 billion (£16.4 billion) to overhaul the country’s railway network in return for access to mineral resources.

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Kim Jong-un agrees to attend Vladimir Putin’s war commemorations

January 14th, 2015

The invitation was extended by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and will be the young dictator’s first overseas trip since he became head of state after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December 2011.

Korea was under Japanese rule before and during the Second World War. The Soviet Union declared war on Japan in August 1945, after Japan’s ally Adolf Hitler had been defeated, and launched an invasion of northern Korea.

South Korean government sources have confirmed that Mr Kim will travel to Moscow in May, according to Yonhap News, as Pyongyang tries to simultaneously build better trade and security links with Russia and to convince Beijing to drop its recent hard-line stance against the regime.

China has distanced itself from the rulers of the hermit state since the regime carried out a third underground nuclear test in February 2013.

Despite sanctions and unprecedented international pressure, North Korea has since carried out a series of ballistic missile tests and demanded that United Nations sanctions be lifted.

Beijing will be keen to ensure, however, that Moscow does not step into the breach and provide the isolated North Korea with the trade and diplomatic and security support required to keep the regime functioning.

Leaders from around the world will have been carefully considering their invites from Mr Putin to the May 9 ceremonies, even before Mr Kim’s acceptance. The international community is still putting up a united front over Moscow’s actions in the Crimea and Ukraine.

Learning that they will have to share a podium with Mr Kim – who is likely to be named in a resolution put to the United Nations Security Council for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity – is likely to convince the vast majority to mark the occasion of the end of the war elsewhere.

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