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Medvedev meets with DPRK top leader

Updated: 2011-08-24 13:58


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Medvedev meets with DPRK top leader

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with DPRK leader Kim Jong-il during a meeting at the "Sosnovyi Bor" military garrison in Siberia's Buryatia region August 24, 2011.  [Photo/Agencies]

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with Kim Jong-il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Russia's eastern Siberian city of Ulan Ude on Wednesday, reported Itar-Tass news agency.

The meeting was held at a closed military base in the Sosnovy Bor village, some 50 km from Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia republic, it said.

The talks are expected to focus on the earliest possible resumption of the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, as well as energy cooperation, including a project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea via the DPRK.

"High on the talks' agenda are stronger political dialogue, cooperation among relevant ministries and agencies and expansion of humanitarian and inter-regional contacts," a Kremlin source told Itar-Tass.

The Kremlin had said the summit would be the hightlight of Kim's visit, but no specific date, venue nor topic for the talks were mentioned at the time.

Kim arrived in Russia's Far East Saturday on a special train for his third visit to the country. 

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