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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin to Visit N. Korea

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin is to visit North Korea soon, a senior Russian diplomat told a Moscow daily in an article obtained Thursday. The diplomat, Georgy Toloraya, is quoted in Vremya Novostei as saying the visit had been initiated by Moscow and Putin had received an invitation.

"Vladimir Putin will become the first world leader to receive an invitation sent by Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea, and to meet him in Pyongyang," Toloraya, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry's first Asia department, said in an article prepared for Friday's edition.