February 21, 2024

Putin stresses North Korean need for security guarantees as summit ends

Denuclearization, sanctions, and economic cooperation round out the agenda, Putin told reporters

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed a range of topics including denuclearization and economic cooperation during their summit in Vladivostok Thursday, but stressed the DPRK remains focused on security guarantees.

Speaking to reporters during a post-summit press conference, Putin repeatedly suggested the main obstacle to progress in talks with the U.S. remains the North’s continued concerns over its security.