Date
26 September 2017
Kim Jong-un (center) has not made an official foreign trip since taking the helm in 2011. Photo: AFP
Kim Jong-un (center) has not made an official foreign trip since taking the helm in 2011. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un likely to visit Moscow

Kim Jong-un may travel to Moscow in May in his first foreign visit as North Korea’s leader.

The Kremlin had invited Kim to attend 70th anniversary celebrations marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Asked about Pyongyang’s response to the invitation, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov replied: “The first signal was positive”. He did not elaborate.

Kim, who had sent an envoy to Russian President Vladimir Putin in November, has not made an official foreign trip since taking the helm in 2011.

It comes at a time when Moscow and Pyongyang are looking to boost ties while North Korea is seeking support from Russia against international criticism over accusations of human rights abuses, the Independent said.

The UN Security Council is deliberating on a resolution seeking to refer the North Korean leadership to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council with veto rights.

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