June 02, 2023

North Korean special envoy meets Putin

Lankov: Focus of visit on strengthening bilateral relations, not on human rights bill

North Korea state media reported today that Kim Jong Un's special envoy Choe Ryong Hae met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Tuesday.

The visit comes during warming Russian-DPRK ties and speculation that Choe was sent to Russia to encourage Putin to oppose a resolution concerning North Korea's human rights situation. North Korea state media reported on the exchanging of pleasantries between Choe and Putin.