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Senior North Korean party official visits Moscow — media

July 11, 8:24 UTC+3 TOKYO

Nippon TV suggested the visit could be related to consultations to prepare Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia

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TOKYO, July 11. /TASS/. A senior North Korean Workers’ Party official visited Moscow on Tuesday, presumably to organize North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia, Japan’s Nippon TV reported on Wednesday.

The TV correspondent made footage of Vice Chairman of the Workers’ Party for International Relations Ri Su Yong getting into a car of the North Korean embassy at a Moscow airport.

The purpose and schedule of the official’s meetings in Moscow are unknown. However, Nippon TV suggested the visit could be related to consultations to prepare Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia.

Ri Su Yong was a member of the North Korean delegation to negotiations between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov conveyed the invitation to Kim Jong Un during his visit to Pyongyang. Russian President Vladimir Putin later confirmed the invitation at a meeting with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong Nam.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the North Korean leader could make a visit to Russia on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum set to take place in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in September.

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