North Korea is ready to give up nuclear arms if the US offers guarantees of its security and sovereignty, Russian President Putin, above, said after marathon talks with Kim Jong-un at the port city of Vladivostok on Thursday.
Such an assurance from Washington could end the stalemate over denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
North Korea also needs the support of countries such as Russia, China, Japan and South Korea in this regard.
Putin said he is willing to share the results of Vladivostok talks with US President Donald Trump adding that Kim asked him to inform Washington of his position.
While the US insists North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons, Kim wants it to first lift international sanctions that have stifled his country’s economy.
According to Putin, it is too early to go into the specifics of the denuclearisation process.
Kim said his talks with Putin were fruitful and constructive and he hoped it would continue that way.
After the first-ever meeting between Kim and Putin, Russian and North Korean delegations began talks. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov led the Russian team.
Kim had longed to visit Russia since his grandfather, President Kim Il Sung, was installed as North Korean leader by the Soviet Union in 1948.
Moreover, he is seeking new allies to show the US that North Korea is looking beyond China for support.
Russia is willing to act as a bridge between North Korea and the US as it wants to score diplomatic points.