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Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is set to meet Thursday in Vladivostok with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The preparations for the meeting were kept secret due to North Korean security concerns, according to Kremlin spokesperson Yuri Ushakov.

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According to the Kremlin, Russia will focus on the deadlock over Pyongyang’s nuclear technology program, and seek to “consolidate the positive trends” that emerged from talks between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ushakov added the Kremlin will try to help “create preconditions and a favorable atmosphere for reaching solid agreements on the problem of the Korean Peninsula,” the Daily Herald reported.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.