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Putin ready for summit with N. Korean leader: Lavrov 러 외무 "푸틴 대통령, 김정은과 정

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We′ll have more on those coming up, but let′s begin with words coming out of Moscow. Russia′s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says… Russian President Vladimir Putin is willing… and ready to hold a one-on-one with North Korea′s young leader Kim Jong-un. Lavrov also says Pyongyang is ready to engage in international dialogue on denuclearization. Kwon Soa starts us off. As soon as Kim Jong-un′s special envoy Choe Ryong-hae′s plans to visit Russia were announced, speculation lit up about a potential summit between the leaders of North Korea and Russia. On Thursday,... Russia′s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin IS ready for one-on-one talks with the North Korean leader. Speaking to reporters after his closed door discussions with Choe,... Lavrov also said North Korea had expressed a willingness to return to the long-stalled international talks on its denuclearization... calling it a "very significant political progress." "Pyongyang is ready to restart the six-way nuclear talks without preconditions on the basis of a joint statement issued in 2005. We fully support its decision, and will also be working with all concerned parties, including the United States, Japan and South Korea, to seek common trust for the resumption of the negotiations." The six-party talks have not been held for almost six years. North Korea withdrew from the negotiating table in late 2008 after restarting its nuclear enrichment program. Thursday′s talks also focused on the two countries′ economic partnership. The officials discussed Russian companies′ participation in the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex and a joint project that would modernize North Korea′s railway system. Lavrov says North Korea is ready to open lines of communication with South Korea on trilateral projects if everything goes smoothly. That would include a project to transport Russian gas to South Korea passing through North Korea. Kwon Soa, Arirang News.