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Here’s What Kim Jong Un Wants From Russia

  • North Korean leader seeks support after nuclear talks summit
  • Putin has supported relaxing UN sanctions against regime
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3 Things Kim Wants From Putin
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Kim Jong Un rumbled into Vladivostok on Wednesday aboard his armored train, looking for a friend to help him through a rough patch with President Donald Trump: Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Wearing a black overcoat, Kim stepped onto a red carpet a day before his planned meeting with Putin for his first summit with the Russian leader since coming to power in 2011. The trip -- coming almost a year after Russia’s invitation -- appeared timed to show that Kim has alternative sources of support after his failed meeting with Trump in Hanoi left North Korea with no clear path to escape a U.S.-led international economic embargo.