Kim Jong-il 'to Meet Medvedev'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may meet next week in Vladivostok, PrimaMedia, a news agency for Russia's Far East, said Thursday.

Medvedev "will visit Vladivostok between June 29 and July 1 to inspect preparations for the APEC Summit there next year and there is the possibility of a summit with North Korean leader Kim during the visit," PrimaMedia reported. "This has been confirmed by several sources."

If the summit takes place, it would be the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries in nine years. Kim and Putin also met in Pyongyang in July of 2000, in Moscow in August 2001 and in Vladivostok in August of 2002 to discuss economic cooperation.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 24, 2011 09:25 KST