All interested parties need to abandon the rule of force on the global level and show respect for each other's interests in order to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters following talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But he insisted that Pyongyang needs guarantees of its security and sovereignty, and took a veiled swipe at Washington for trying to strong-arm North Korea.
"Restoring the rule of worldwide law is crucial, we have discussed it during today's talks, there is a need to restore a situation where worldwide law and not the rule of force regulates global developments".
Putin and Kim are set to have one-on-one meeting at the Far Eastern State University on the Russky Island across a bridge from Vladivostok.
Kim's first trip to Russian Federation comes about two months after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, which failed because of disputes over U.S. -led sanctions on the North.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday that his summit with President Vladimir Putin will help jointly assess the Korean peninsula issues and coordinate their stances.
For Putin, the meeting offers a chance to increase his role as a potential broker.
However, Putin said Kim urged him to explain the nuances of North Korea's position to President Donald Trump.
"I'm not sure these (six-party) talks need to be resumed right now but I am confident that if we reach a stage where we will need to develop some kind of guarantees for one of the parties, primarily, security guarantees for North Korea, worldwide guarantees will be necessary", Putin was quoted by Russian news agency TASS as saying.
"There are no secrets here, no conspiracies".
Moscow has kept a relatively low profile as Kim embarked on what has been an audacious diplomatic journey over the past year.
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But with Moscow committed to upholding global sanctions until North Korea dismantles its nuclear program, Russia's room for maneuver, beyond putting on a show of camaraderie, was limited.
Trump has said he "fell in love" with Kim, possibly indicating a proclivity to being swayed toward accommodation with the North Korean leader, although that declaration came before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February that collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.
Russian Federation has already called for the sanctions to be eased, while the U.S. has accused it of trying to help Pyongyang evade some of the measures - accusations Russian Federation denies.
Russian Federation said it was unlikely both sides would issue a joint statement or sign any documents after the summit, but Putin is expected to address journalists after the Thursday talks.
"For North Korea, it's all about securing another exit".
Professor Andrei Lankov, a Russian scholar of Korean studies, lived for years where few outsiders have ever been - the North Korean capital Pyongyang.
Russian Federation would like to gain broader access to North Korea's mineral resources, including rare metals.
Published just days before the first anniversary of the inter-Korean summit on Saturday, the statement testifies to Pyongyang's recent discontent over the lack of progress in its negotiations with the United States and Seoul's inability to engage the North independently of Washington's maximum pressure campaign.
While North Korea regards China as its key ally, ties between Pyongyang and Moscow stretch back to the early Cold War, when North Korea was heavily reliant on support from the Soviet Union. But, he said, the security guarantees Kim demands in exchange should be underwritten by multiple countries, hinting at an arrangement like the six-nation talks Russian Federation participated in until their collapse in 2009. Kim Jong Il also met in 2011 with Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia's president and now its prime minister.
His son has since overseen by far the country's most powerful blast to date, and launch of missiles which Pyongyang says are capable of reaching the entire USA mainland.