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Russian Official in North Korea

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
and Kim Jong-un, Leader of North Korea
Top Russian Official Meets with North Korean Leader

On May 31, 2018, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea in Pyongyang.  Lavrov's meeting with Kim Jong-un was the first by a senior Russian official since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011.

Invitation to Visit Russia Extended to Kim Jong-un
While in attendance, Lavrov extended an invitation, on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, for Kim Jong-un to attend an economic forum in Vladiovostok in September 2018.

North Korean Diplomacy Visit to U.S. Concurrent with Lavrov's Visit
By coincidence, as Lavrov met with Kim, senior North Korean officials were in New York meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempt to get the US-North Korea nuclear summit back on track, after it was cancelled by President Trump.

On June 4, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Kim Jong-un has not responded to Putin's invitation.