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What's at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?

2019-04-25 10:15:47       source:The Aljazeera

April 24, 2019

Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, just two months after the North Korean leader's meeting with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam that ended abruptly.

Analysts say the Russia-North Korea summit scheduled for Thursday will serve as a reminder to Washington that the North Korean leader has other options in the region backing his leadership.

The failed summit in Vietnam meant that Kim was unable to get the sanctions relief he sought from the United States. He is unlikely to get that in his meeting with Putin as well. 

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