December 18, 2014 10:21
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to visit Russia in May, the Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
Moscow invited Kim to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 next year, the Japanese daily said quoting diplomatic sources. If he goes, Kim will also sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it added.
Last month, North Korea's de facto No. 2 leader Choe Ryong-hae agreed on an exchange of visits and cooperation in 2015, the 70th anniversary of both Korean liberation from Japanese colonial rule and Russia's World War II victory.
The North has attempted to break its diplomatic isolation with the help of Russia as its relations with China deteriorate.
"Kim's ultimate goal is to stay in power as long as possible," a senior government official here said. "He has already consolidated his power internally by executing his uncle Jang Song-taek and is likely to try and win global recognition for his status in 2015."
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