An upbeat Kim arrives in Russia, ready for his Putin summit

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped off his khaki-green armored train in far-eastern Russia on Wednesday, smiling and upbeat ahead of a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over Kim’s nuclear program.

Dressed in a black coat and a fedora, Kim first met with Russian officials at Russia’s Khasan train station near its border with North Korea before traveling on to Russia’s Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a summit Thursday with Putin.

Speaking to Russia’s state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said he’s hoping for a “successful and useful” visit and would like to discuss with Putin the “settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula” as well as bilateral ties with Russia.

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