North Korea–South Korea relations

Kim and Putin meet for first summit in Russia

What are the two leaders hoping to get out of the meeting?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are meeting for their first summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok. 

During their opening remarks, Mr Putin said he wanted to help calm Korean tensions and Mr Kim said he hoped for a productive meeting. But what else might the two leaders be hoping for?

Professor Andrei Lankov, a Russian scholar of Korean studies, lived for years where few outsiders have ever been - the North Korean capital Pyongyang. What does he think Kim Jong-un stands to gain from the summit?

(Photo: Kim and Putin shake hands at their first summit in Vladivostok. Credit: AFP)

North Korea claims test of ‘new weapon’

It's the first such test since US - North Korea talks ended without agreement
North Korea says its leader, Kim Jong-un, has overseen the test of what it describes as a "new type of tactical guided weapon with a powerful warhead". The state news agency quoted Mr Kim as saying the weapon had weighty significance in increasing North Korea's military power.

It is the first such test since talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.

So, what is the weapon they claim to have tested and how will it impact the ongoing denuclearisation talks? Jenny Town is a Korea specialist at the Stimson think-tank and managing editor of 38 North, a website which analyses North Korea.

(Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing the flight drill of combat pilots. Credit: AFP)