By Song Sang-ho
VLADIVOSTOK, April 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Thursday that he had "candid, meaningful talks" with Russian President Vladimir Putin about guaranteeing peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.
Speaking at a dinner session with Putin, he also stressed his "firm, unwavering" stance to strengthen the Pyongyang-Moscow relationship.
"I had candid, meaningful talks with President Putin on the issues of developing the friendly relationship between North Korea and Russia, of guaranteeing peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, and common international issues," he said.
"It is my and the republic government's firm, unwavering stance and strategic policy line to relentlessly strengthen and develop the strategic, traditional, friendly relationship between North Korea and Russia in line with the demands of the new century," he added.
During their summit talks that lasted for about three hours, Putin and Kim highlighted their focus on the "situation on the Korean Peninsula" in an apparent allusion to stalled nuclear negotiations with the United States.
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