Russia foreign minister arrives for talks in North Korea

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in North Korea for talks with senior officials.

Lavrov’s arrival in Pyongyang on Thursday comes ahead of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and is seen as an attempt by Moscow to be heard in the North’s diplomatic overtures with Washington, Seoul and Beijing.

Ahead of the arrival, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Lavrov would hold talks with North Korea’s foreign policy chief to discuss bilateral issues as well as the overall situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Russia, Moscow said Thursday, during the first meeting between the head of the reclusive state and a Russian official.

“Come to Russia, we’ll be very happy to see you,” Lavrov told Kim in remarks released by the Russian foreign ministry.

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